HERE is another example of time moving on.
The building on the right of the picture is the former Crewe Road pub,
The Cheshire Cheese, and the houses in the distance, stand on what was
the car park of the pub.
The pub was closed for several
years and at one time was all set to be an Indian restaurant. At the
time, February 2009, I noted that it would be the sixth in town.
The pub was on the market as a
"Development Opportunity", and in an advertisement in The Nantwich Chronicle it was described as "benefiting from full
planning permission" for conversion into a substantial four-bedroom
family home, and nine new-build residential apartments with car parking
in the former pub's car park.
But at the time, Nantwich Town councillors opposed the
restaurant idea, saying its neighbours would be subjected to noise and
disturbance with an eatery opening later than a pub - which the
councillors preferred the building to remain.
The then Crewe and Nantwich Borough
Council - who decided on planning applications, while Nantwich Town
Council could only make comments - agreed the building could become an
Indian restaurant. They didn't agree with the town council about the
noise and disturbance.
For the record, I have no
objection to the development because it has made good use of a site that
would otherwise probably have stayed empty. At least a piece of Nantwich
history remains in place rather than there being a wholesale site
clearance. And a three-storey apartment block would have been out of
place on the street frontage. The scale