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Petition: Pedestrian Safety at the Chester/Station Road and London Road junction
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Do you find it tricky crossing the road here? Especially heading north towards the village because you can’t see what’s coming towards you around the corner and, just when it seems safe, a vehicle turns across your path into Chester Road and you have to jump out of the way.
What’s more, on the south side of Chester Road there is no proper path!
Did you know that Cheshire East Highways intend to replace the traffic lights at the junction with a roundabout? This work will be carried out to ‘improve traffic flow’ when the new housing site on London Road, south of the village boundary (in the Parish of Brereton) is built. It will largely be funded by a contribution of approximately £550,000 from the developers, Bloor Homes, who are obliged to pay money to the community to mitigate the effects of development (called the Community Infrastructure Levy - formerly known as S.106 contributions).
How will pedestrians cross the junction when there are not even any lights to pause the traffic? (It is not known whether the existing controlled crossing outside Bernard Court will be retained).
It seems that there are currently no detailed plans, and probably will not be any until the detailed planning permission for the site is granted by Cheshire East, allowing house building to commence. However the evidence is, that the development is imminent and, if Holmes Chapel residents want to make their feelings known, now is the moment to try and ensure that Cheshire East Council pays due regard to the needs of pedestrians at this junction.
The Parish Council has made it clear to Cheshire East Highways that it has serious concerns about pedestrian safety with the roundabout scheme, but the initial response was that Highways do not want to make any changes that will impede traffic flow.
If, like us, you are concerned about this issue please sign our Pedestrian Safety petition - which we are sending to Cheshire East - by 31st March 2018.
NEW! We now also have a standard letter that you can send to Cheshire East Council - available to download here.