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    nicksey wrote:
    I drive from the roundabout at Station Road to Greenbank most mornings as I have for the past 5 years. In my opinion the gyratory has at best just moved the problems from one place to another.

    The traffic going up Castle Hill is now horrendous, it wasn't before the gyratory came along. In the mornings it is solid from the Iron bridge all the way back down to the junction close at Chester Way, I repeat, it was not like this before the gyratory. Traffic coming down Castle Hill at the same time from Hartford do not face the same issues and so think that the gyratory is just fine.

    Traffic flowed easier before as vehicles were able to take multiple routes that are now closed to them, forcing all traffic to take the same route obviously artificially increases congestion on that route as well as artificially increasing journey times and fuel used.

    It is badly thought out if the main route towards Castle and Hartford is gridlocked every morning that is a fact.

    I am sure the gyratory works well for some people, but for others it is a nightmare and for those living in Castle or travelling through Castle towards Hartford that is what it is - a nightmare.
    The traffic going up Castle Hill is not on the gyratory, it has left the gyratory already. If there is a jam on the uphill side, that means the gyratory is delivering traffic to Castle faster than the old road system did! It is true that a traffic jam going down Castle Hill might be caused by the gyratory, but there were jams there before, weren't there? And there is a simple improvement that can be made that would help downhill traffic - remove the traffic lights at the Castle / Chester Way junction and allow traffic turning right from Chester Way to turn right into the right hand lane of the one-way stretch of Castle Hill. This would also help traffic trying to turn out of Navigation Road by removing queuing traffic at the lights. I don't know why that short one-lane bottleneck has been created there and it seems such a simple fix."
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Labour wins Northwich by-election

Northwich Guardian: Newly elected councillor Andrew Cooper Newly elected councillor Andrew Cooper

NORTHWICH’S newest town councillor is hoping to help restore faith in local democracy after he won a by-election on Thursday.

Andrew Cooper won a seat on Northwich Town Council’s Bridge ward with 64 per cent of the vote, but a total of 449 votes cast means the turnout was just 9.5 per cent.

Each by-election costs the public purse £7,000, which equates to £15.59 per vote on this particular occasion.

Andrew, who stood as the Labour candidate, said: “I’m hugely grateful to each and every person who was able to vote, particularly those who managed to do so later on in the cold, the dark and the wet.

“I’m sure this time of year with Christmas on people’s minds, the cold weather and the short daylight hours played its part.

“I understand the turnout amongst people who voted by post was much higher at 43 per cent, suggesting that when people are given ways to vote at their convenience many will do so.

“There’s no doubt that many people are generally disillusioned and feel disconnected with politics though.

“The onus is on all politicians and to some extent the local press to let people know abou tthe many positive things town councils do.

“Hopefully we can restore faith and inspire people to support local democracy.”

Andrew, who lives in Davenham, has been interested in local politics since he did work experience at Bootle Town Hall as a 14-year-old schoolboy.

He was inspired to stand for Northwich Town Council because of his belief in the importance of serving the community and wish to make a difference.

“Aside from a general desire to try to improve and revitalise Northwich, recently I’ve felt that for all the improvement work going on in the town, there has not been enough community involvement in how the town is changing and how people want it to change,” he said.

“This has led to a lot of bad feeling in some quarters – particularly around the gyratory system – which isn’t good for the town.

“I will work with my council colleagues to represent the views of the community and to try to secure the best and fairest deal for Northwich we can from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the government.”

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