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Surviving the walk to school each morning

The School That Never Was

Today sees the start of one of Broad Lane school’s measures to help ease the traffic congestion first thing in the morning.  Before school clubs are hoped to reduce the number of vehicles needing to park along the road around school drop-off times.

Parking certainly seemed easier this morning.  As we walked along the road, we both noticed that the line of parked cars didn’t stretch as far back towards Mill Lane.  It’s too early to say if this was due to the new club, or whether the forecast of imminent rain had a part to play. Let’s keep an eye on things over the next few days.

It isn’t just the volume of traffic that leads to problems.  A couple of drivers seemed to decide they would press on against the oncoming traffic.  No going back for these guys, even though there weren’t cars right behind them.  The situation left oncoming drivers with no option but to mount the kerb – otherwise the head to head would probably still be there!

Coming back out of school after my daughter had gone in to class, today’s logjam had been created. All this while parents and children were trying to get across the road to school.
Now you see it, now you don’t
Colin Muller has apparently admitted that a school would not be built by his company on the proposed Nantwich South development. Instead there would be an area left empty for someone else to build a school.
The ‘Building Schools for the Future‘ programme has finished, Cheshire East does not have the money to build a new school. Where then would the funding come from for a new primary school, if the Nantwich South development happened? It looks incredibly unlikely that a primary school would be built.

The revelation makes a mockery of the developer’s claims of a sustainable development;

  • The 184 primary age children that the development would bring, would all need to travel quite some distance to go to schools outside the local area, most likely by car.
  • Where would 132 secondary age children go to school?  Brine Leas and Malbank schools won’t have the space for them.  They would travel into Crewe or Shavington to school, again probably by car.

I’m told that these revelations came during Mr Muller’s presentation and question session before the Stapeley & District Parish Council meeting last Thursday.

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 7
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 5
No. of cars parking illegally:0


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