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  • "A person who does not use the subway campaigning for its closure seems a bit like a person who does not knit campaigning for the closure of the wool shop.Let us implement additional measures to enable the young and old to cross the street safely not remove the few we have.or is this simply an excuse to remove the subway thus enabling the future development of the now empty council offices opposite to access the traffic flow at its most effective point (adjacent to the dane opposite the new baths building) where the "irritatingly long ramp" and the smell of urine is at its strongest. This decision is being taken with a financial motive and with the sole intention of fasciiitating improved access to what is to become the "next phase" of the redevelopment of the town. I am sure you want a Netto and some new pensioners flats instead of a clean well maintained,well lit road crossing system with a CCTV system to ensure that its users feel safe whilst using it.If not on the "subway ramp" then where else is it possible to site a road that allows vehicles to easily rejoin the traffic flow from that site? since the front entrance now feeds directly onto the "lane changing piece" of our much talked about gyratory system.x"
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Councils explore whether or not to close Northwich's subway system

The future of Northwich's subway is being discussed.

The future of Northwich's subway is being discussed.

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

PLANS to close Northwich’s subway could be buried if residents want it to stay open.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) had suggested filling the Chesterway underpass in as part of work to develop the new Memorial Court and its surroundings.

Northwich Town Council expressed its concerns about the proposal to replace the subway system with a pelican crossing and will now take part in a joint consultation with CWAC.

Town clerk Chris Shaw said he had been assured that no decision had been made and that initial reports into the issue will go before both councils, which will then work together on the consultation.

Clr Kevin Rimmer said: “If that’s done properly and CWAC is true to its word then that’s definitely the way forward and I would support that.”

Clr Paul Dolan said he was still waiting for evidence that the underpass was unsafe.

“One or two people talk about their concerns about safety in subways,” he said.

“In that particular subway I’m not aware of any particular issues.

“I just wondered, again, have we got any evidence to suggest that having the subways is less safe than not having them and can that information inform the final decision?

“I would like to know the number of incidents that might have occurred there in the past year or so.”

Mr Shaw said a report on this issue was being put together before the consultation was launched.

Reports will go before Northwich Town Council’s planning committee.

In February CWAC said it would fill in the underpass if it had the money as crossing at ground level was safer.

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