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    Jack Hay wrote:
    I think nicksey is confused. I leave the town via Winnington Hill because I live that way. When I come round the gyratory, off Chester Way, right onto Castle Hill downhill, left up Winnington Hill, I'm going out of town. I haven't suddenly changed where I live because of the gyratory! Traffic to Winnington still goes up Winnington Hill like it used to. Why can't we turn right onto Castle Hill without having to queue at the lights, there are two lanes going down Castle Hill!
    Jack, the only thing I am confused by is your failure to understand the problem. Where you live and which direction you take to get there has nothing to do with the traffic problem in Castle and why you would take my comment as some strange claim that you have changed where you live is bizarre.

    Before the gyratory there wasn't a problem, as soon as we got the gyratory traffic in Castle became gridlocked. It cannot be just a coincidence can it. Therefore for some reason the gyratory is responsible for this, unless of course you have some other explanation.

    I am merely trying to offer a possible explanation for this problem, but because you turn right at Chester Way and then head left up Winnington Hill and don't sit in the traffic like I do every morning you don't experience the problem like myself and many others do each morning. So sorry Jack, if you don't actually travel that way then you can't really make any valid comment about it, can you."
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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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