Roundabout plans to be resubmitted

Roundabout plans to be resubmitted

Roundabout plans to be resubmitted

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

PLANS to transform a town centre roundabout have hit a stumbling block and need to be resubmitted.

The five-road junction, which links Chesterway, Leicester Street, New Warrington Road, Manchester Road and Station Road, is in line for £3.4million roadworks to dramatically increase its size.

But Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), which won the money from the Government’s ‘pinch point’ fund, said that a new Side Roads Order for the roundabout has to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport.

A CWAC spokesman said: “The Secretary of State has identified some changes needed to the description of the scheme in the order and plans, in the interests of clarity for those affected by the scheme.

“We have therefore decided to withdraw the old order and submit a new one to the Secretary of State.

“As before, in the coming weeks we will be giving notice of the new Order to those affected.

“These changes do not affect the design of the scheme.”

CWAC said the roundabout needs to be altered to help Northwich’s infrastructure cope with predicted traffic increases generated by the Barons Quay, Hayhurst Quay and Memorial Court developments, as well as housing developments at Winnington, Wincham, Middlewich Road and Lostock Triangle.

Neighbouring shopkeepers have voiced their concerns about the scheme as it includes making the Station Road bus stop an on-road rather than off-road stop, which could cause traffic jams.

They are also worried about parking in the area.

Sue Southern, from Ichthus Christian Books, in Station Road, said: “We will wait and see because it’s only on a technicality and not in principle that they’ve sent it back “I suspect it will still go through.

“But they really need to get their skates on to get work started in time to secure the funding.

“We’ll wait and see but we’re a little surprised that the initial plans weren’t spot on.”

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2:47pm Mon 7 Apr 14

L Byrne says...

£3.4million would almost pay for a small community hospital in the town to take care of patients from the Northwich area after specialist or acute treatment in Leighton or elsewhere. This would benefit patients and , especially, their families who often have to travel for hours to see their loved ones. The case for this was accepted by the NHS authorities just three years ago but the plug was pulled because of government financial cuts.

Perhaps somebody should do an opinion poll. What would bring more benefit to the people of Northwich, (A) a new small community hospital with about 20 beds or (B) a bigger traffic roundabout on Chester Way ?
£3.4million would almost pay for a small community hospital in the town to take care of patients from the Northwich area after specialist or acute treatment in Leighton or elsewhere. This would benefit patients and , especially, their families who often have to travel for hours to see their loved ones. The case for this was accepted by the NHS authorities just three years ago but the plug was pulled because of government financial cuts. Perhaps somebody should do an opinion poll. What would bring more benefit to the people of Northwich, (A) a new small community hospital with about 20 beds or (B) a bigger traffic roundabout on Chester Way ? L Byrne
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Daniel18 says...

We'll I'd vote for the roundabout. The current roundabout cannot handle the volume of traffic, causes accidents and is a danger to the public.

According to a government report each fatal accident costs nearly £1.9m and each serious accident costs £216,000!(https://w
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Maybe, we could use some of the savings that are likely to be made from the new roundabout to pay for a new hospital?.....

....You need to look at the bigger picture!!
We'll I'd vote for the roundabout. The current roundabout cannot handle the volume of traffic, causes accidents and is a danger to the public. According to a government report each fatal accident costs nearly £1.9m and each serious accident costs £216,000!(https://w ww.gov.uk/government /uploads/system/uplo ads/attachment_data/ file/9275/rrcgb2011- 02.pdf) Maybe, we could use some of the savings that are likely to be made from the new roundabout to pay for a new hospital?..... ....You need to look at the bigger picture!! Daniel18
  • Score: 0

6:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Junechapman says...

Rehabilitation beds in a local environment would benefit the population of Northwich and all the surrounding areas especially since there is now NO bus service to Northwich from Leighton Hospital after 6pm and the service during the day has been cut by half.!
Rehabilitation beds in a local environment would benefit the population of Northwich and all the surrounding areas especially since there is now NO bus service to Northwich from Leighton Hospital after 6pm and the service during the day has been cut by half.! Junechapman
  • Score: 5

10:52pm Mon 7 Apr 14

47thmoon says...

they need the escape route help clear those scarpering once the incinerator is fired
they need the escape route help clear those scarpering once the incinerator is fired 47thmoon
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

L Byrne says...

Daniel18

Based on your daft logic, the Government should cease building hospitals and schools etc and spend taxpayers' money on traffic roundabouts. It would save billions. Brilliant!

Here's an idea. Car drivers take a little more care as they use the current roundabout so that the traffic flows more smoothly and there are fewer accidents. Then we could live without the monster set up that you and the traffic planners in CWAC are evidently so aroused about AND the money saved could be spent on the community hospital that Northwich so desperately needs. Heck, even the residents of the new housing developments around the town would benefit from that.
Daniel18 Based on your daft logic, the Government should cease building hospitals and schools etc and spend taxpayers' money on traffic roundabouts. It would save billions. Brilliant! Here's an idea. Car drivers take a little more care as they use the current roundabout so that the traffic flows more smoothly and there are fewer accidents. Then we could live without the monster set up that you and the traffic planners in CWAC are evidently so aroused about AND the money saved could be spent on the community hospital that Northwich so desperately needs. Heck, even the residents of the new housing developments around the town would benefit from that. L Byrne
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Daniel18 says...

L Bryne.
Its not 'daft Logic' it's FACT.
I'm not saying that we stop building hospitals, but what I am saying is that we need to look at some of the reasons that people are having to go to hospital.
We can't simply go on ploughing billions of pounds into heath care, we need to look at at the reasons people are going to hospital.
I'm all for getting people to drive with a little more care - but sadly not everyone seems willing, as can been seen by the number of accidents that there are.
L Bryne. Its not 'daft Logic' it's FACT. I'm not saying that we stop building hospitals, but what I am saying is that we need to look at some of the reasons that people are having to go to hospital. We can't simply go on ploughing billions of pounds into heath care, we need to look at at the reasons people are going to hospital. I'm all for getting people to drive with a little more care - but sadly not everyone seems willing, as can been seen by the number of accidents that there are. Daniel18
  • Score: 6

10:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

Dandycock says...

Can't believe this thread - so let's get rid of all roads and turn them into hospitals then?

Seriously though the two issues are not related and confusing one with the other really doesn't help either case.
Can't believe this thread - so let's get rid of all roads and turn them into hospitals then? Seriously though the two issues are not related and confusing one with the other really doesn't help either case. Dandycock
  • Score: 0

11:23am Wed 9 Apr 14

L Byrne says...

Its about priorities in how the money we pay in taxes is spent.

Many of us believe that a new community hospital is more important for the welfare and quality of life of the people of Northwich than a bigger traffic roundabout on Chester Way.
Its about priorities in how the money we pay in taxes is spent. Many of us believe that a new community hospital is more important for the welfare and quality of life of the people of Northwich than a bigger traffic roundabout on Chester Way. L Byrne
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Cymo says...

Unfortunately it's not about what we really need, it's about what they can get funding for, and the 'pinch-point' fund won't let us build our much-needed hospital
Unfortunately it's not about what we really need, it's about what they can get funding for, and the 'pinch-point' fund won't let us build our much-needed hospital Cymo
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

simonster says...

L Byrne, did you not think to mention that the Odeon and Asda etc could create 20 hospitals to your budget? There are funds for anything if its needed and its not like now its allocated to a roundabout there is nothing for a hospital. Also funds come from different areas and not one massive pot of money and has to be invested in certain areas from the party that is releasing the funds.

You can wish to spend £3.4m on anything that is required, not just a hospital but the fact is the roundabout needs improving and there is money for many projects good or bad and Northwich is benefiting from a lot of things right now. There are too many moaners who don't like the positive changes and it will all start to make sense come the end of 2016!
L Byrne, did you not think to mention that the Odeon and Asda etc could create 20 hospitals to your budget? There are funds for anything if its needed and its not like now its allocated to a roundabout there is nothing for a hospital. Also funds come from different areas and not one massive pot of money and has to be invested in certain areas from the party that is releasing the funds. You can wish to spend £3.4m on anything that is required, not just a hospital but the fact is the roundabout needs improving and there is money for many projects good or bad and Northwich is benefiting from a lot of things right now. There are too many moaners who don't like the positive changes and it will all start to make sense come the end of 2016! simonster
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Fredericus says...

I can't decide whether I want a new roundabout or an improved hospital. I'm just going round in circles here!
I can't decide whether I want a new roundabout or an improved hospital. I'm just going round in circles here! Fredericus
  • Score: 1

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