JEFF Stubbs, Chairman of the Nantwich Partnership,
gives the background to a £1million project.
WHAT wonderful news it is for the
town that Cheshire East Council has allocated £1million for improving the public
realm of Nantwich.
The success in
achieving this very significant commitment from our borough council is due
largely to some productive teamwork - that of The Nantwich Partnership.
As website visitors can read
here, we are a group
of local organisations who came together to get involved in the future
prosperity of Nantwich.
We decided that, as
a partnership, we could achieve more than if we just did our own work
separately. We all took the decision to work together in a positive spirit on
various projects to improve the attractiveness - and hence the business success
- of our town.
As I said
previously, the groups that came together are: Nantwich Civic Society;
Crewe and Nantwich Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Nantwich Museum; Nantwich
Town Council and Cheshire East Council.
We take the view
that, by sharing the same vision for Nantwich and working to each others’
strengths, we could get more funding and community involvement for the town.
We have consulted local people
over the past year and we have decided to concentrate on improving the historic
surfaces and features in and around the town centre.
Cheshire East Council has already
got to work on the Partnership’s priority of getting the uneven pavings, causing
puddles, and bad drains sorted out in the town centre (see pictures).
They are also getting rid
of those chamfered edging pavers that can cause difficulties for pedestrians.
We have also
supported the Canals and Rivers Trust (previously British Waterways) scheme to
repair the aqueduct at Welsh Row Head. (See here).
More projects still
have to be taken forward but we