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    keith moss wrote:
    hectorplain wrote:
    I think a proper crossing with lights and whistles would be best.

    Most respectable people don't like to use subways for fear of being accosted by the crack-heads and paint-sprayers who seem to be ever-present in these dens of iniquity.

    At least a surface-level crossing can be observed by our wonderful police as they whiz by in their centrally heated panda cars in pursuit of innocent tax payers.
    Ever present paint sprayers and crack heads and a few cowardly trolls.Sadly all these are in your imagination.I use the subway at least once a day and i have never seen a single incident of this sort of behaviour in the subway.I do see occasional sad individuals who suffer with drink and drug issues passing through but in the main i rarely see anyone apart from children and old people down there and in the main they are not budding Banksies or pedalling crystal meth.More often they are walking to the bank or pedalling bicycles. Your fear is sadly affecting your ability to differentiate between youth and how did the chicken cross the road ?

    I really do think you should try to see the bigger picture regarding the atrocious underpass that blights one of the most important routes through our lovely town.

    Just because you and a few irresponsible cyclists use it occasionally hardly justifies its continued presence.
    My suggestion of a modern surface crossing is a much better proposition with the added advantage that it would act as a traffic calming measure.
    I do wish that people would be less self-centred and try to think of the wishes of others instead of themselves. We really should try to remove ourselves from old dyed in the wool 60's thinking and try to embrace change.

    Be assured, change is inevitable, its coming, we really need to face it head on and embrace it, after all its our future we are shaping."
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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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