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Surviving the walk to school each morning

An attitude shift?

Winter feels to be on its way now.  There was an icy wind this morning as we set off with guitar, book bag, swimming bag and water. Traffic was flowing reasonably well for this stretch of road and time of day. And, it’s been some time now since I’ve seen anyone using the zig-zag lines as a parking spot. Has there been a shift in attitudes towards Broad Lane and road safety? What do you think?

A bit of a snarl up behind us on the way to school.  I’m glad we weren’t amongst the parents and children trying to cross the road where all this was going on.
 
 
 
Just one articulated lorry this morning.  Luckily this passed us on a wider bit of the path, so we could get a couple of feet away from the road.
 
 
 
The train on platform 1
Perhaps you’re following the events unfolding in the saga of Nantwich South.  If so, you may be interested in Network Rail’s view on the proposals.   Take a read of their comments on Muller’s planning applications.

Woops.  Network Rail weren’t even consulted by Cheshire East- as legally required under Schedule 5 (f)(ii) of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order, 2010.  They have to be consulted when there’s a planning application that may lead to a material change in traffic using a level crossing.

Thank goodness for the member of the public who thought that Network Rail should know about Muller’s applications.

Network Rail have already highlighted concerns over the impact of recently approved planning applications for Stapeley Water Gardens (146 dwellings) and Queens Road (270 dwellings).  Individually, each of these may not seem like a big deal.  Together there’s a cumulative impact from 416 new houses on level crossings in the area.  And that’s before anything happens with ‘Nantwich South’.

  • Network Rail are so concerned about the increased risks posed by this potential development that their Operations Risk Advisor has requested a meeting with Cheshire East.
  • If the planning applications were approved, Network Rail would look to replace the level crossings with road and foot bridges, and (in line with the council’s policy) seek funding from the Muller for the full cost of all mitigation deemed necessary.  There’s a precedent for this from a planning application appeal decision in Princes Risborough.  The Inspector and Secretary of State acknowledged that no further planning applications should be considered unless they included closure of level crossings.
  • Muller would be expected to fund improvements to Nantwich Station, because of the potential increase in passenger numbers.

Perhaps, given that Muller have said they won’t be paying for a primary school to be built and appear to be rather vague about other “public spaces”, you would be forgiven for thinking that there would be no chance of them funding these mitigation measures.

Maybe ‘Nantwich South’ is beginning to look less attractive as a money making scheme?

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 7
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 8
No. of cars parking illegally:0

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