THERE was something pleasing about
reading in the local press that Crewe councillors were complaining
about their town not being treated the same as other places in the
recently set-up Cheshire East Council area.
Ever since 1974 when Crewe
and Nantwich Borough Council was formed by an amalgamation of the
Crewe authority and the two Nantwich councils - Urban and Rural - we
Dabbers have been bemoaning the fact that the borough's income
seemed to be benefiting the Crewe area more than the rest of the
The fact that the borough
councillors had to turn to the Civic Hall or St Mary's Parish
Church, two large Nantwich buildings not equalled in Crewe, was a
matter of pride but only seemed to make it worse that we were the
It was the inequality of
the car parking facilities that was incensing the Crewe councillors.
NOT that we in Nantwich are leaving this
matter to the Crewe people. As the website of
Council explains: "Town Councillors have begun a campaign to get
fair car parking charges in Nantwich."
It adds: "Most Councillors
reluctantly accept the need for charges for parking but feel that
the amount paid should be roughly the same in all the towns in the
new Cheshire East Council."
Nantwich is not doing too
well according to figures issued by the Town Council. Car park
charges are 70p for an hour, £1 for two hours, etc. Congleton are
likely to have charges of 30p an hour, 50p for two hours, etc. And
the Cheshire East authority is planning to have free parking in
Alsager, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich and Sandbach, according to the
Town Council website.
It's not that we want equal
prices for the townspeople, of course. I would have thought that the
majority of local people would leave their car at home and walk into
town. No, it's for the visitors to Nantwich.
It is felt that people will
go elsewhere to shop rather than pay higher charges in Nantwich for
the same items in these times of nationwide shopping facilities -
the supermarkets and the like.
The Council also points to free
parking on supermarket car parks but at one store, at least,
shoppers thinking of sneaking into the town centre to make some
additional purchases in town are likely to return to their car to
find that it has attracted the attention of the store's car park
ANOTHER issue that had been niggling
some people is the 50p charge for (admittedly all day) parking in
Nantwich. It has been dubbed "Pay to Pray" as it mainly affected
people going to church. But that stopped mid March.