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Surviving the walk to school each morning

A good place to stop?

Another crisp, frosty morning for our walk to school.  I much prefer this to wet, cold weather, feels like Christmas already.  And the sky was clear, allowing for a lovely sunrise today.

2012-12-13 photo 1 smallerParents and children going to school ran the gauntlet of crossing the busy road twice, as usual.  Thankfully there were no lorries or buses again today, so life was easier than normal for motorists.  There were even plenty of gaps in the parked cars, to act as passing places. This allowed cars to travel along the narrow corridor at a higher speed than usual.

Yet, in amongst this busy scene, one car driver decided to take advantage of the lovely big open space right outside school to stop and drop their child off.  Not to worry that they stopped opposite a car waiting for oncoming traffic to pass.  Not to worry that they prevented a number of parents and children from crossing the road safely.

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Much more important to save themselves a few minutes, whilst inconveniencing others. That’s all good.

It’s not over yet
Much has been made of the Cheshire East Draft Development Strategy, covered in the Chronicle a couple of weeks ago.

Maybe you breathed a sigh of relief as Nantwich South wasn’t mentioned as a development option for the next few years?  You might be interested to discover that Nantwich South (all 1,000+ homes, covering 43ha) is still very much on the cards as an “alternative strategic site”.  The site is buried within this 300+ page strategy, on p207 (appendix E).  There are no show stoppers included in the listed constraints for this development, it’s just not described as a “preferred” site.

This is the important bit; Nantwich South hasn’t gone away.  Indeed, the current planning applications pre-date the Draft Development Strategy, so it’s reasonable to think that a decision would consider only the policies and plans in place at the time of application.

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 8
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 8
No. of cars parking illegally:1

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