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Northwich Town Council urges 'no' vote on gyratory
AS DECISION day looms for Northwich’s controversial one-way system, town councillors are appealing for it to be axed.
Northwich Town Council fears that the verdict will be given by out-of-town councillors on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and wants to make sure its voice is heard.
Speaking at Monday’s town council meeting, Clr Brian Jamieson said: “We asked for a meeting with highways prior to a decision being made and wanted to talk to officers about the consultation.
“We’re not able to do that because they are going to go to members at a CWAC meeting and a decision will be made.
“It’s a fait accompli.
“There’s a lot of people concerned about the gyratory, they genuinely feel it hasn’t made things any better but made things more complicated.
“I propose that we write to CWAC and say that the town council does not want the gyratory implemented and we want the scheme returned to its original state.”
The one-way system was put in place in January 2012 as an 18-month trial.
Highways engineers have put together a report on how the system works and the feedback it has received from the public, which will be considered by CWAC’s ruling executive group before it makes a decision.
This decision will be made at CWAC’s HQ, in Chester, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, March 12.
Clr Jamieson said: “It will be people that probably have never been to Northwich making that decision about the town.
“I used to chair Cheshire County Council meetings and when we talked about Northwich everyone was snoring at the back because they didn’t know where we were talking about.
“People are talking about issues in the town that have never been to Northwich and they will just do it based on a report.”