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"All around Holmes Chapel there are woods, rivers, meadows and paths away from the traffic. You can enjoy nature during a quiet
stroll or walk and chat with friends and family. And all for free!"
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
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
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.
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.
The petition closed on 7th April, with a fabulous total of 942 signatures! THANK YOU ALL
- If you
are still concerned about this issue you can send a letter to Cheshire East Council in support of the petition; we have
a Standard Letter that you can send/hand in to Cheshire East Council - available to download here.
Meanwhile all those who sent
letters to Cheshire East Council in support of the petition have received a response indicating that consideration is being given
to the provision of pedestrian controlled crossings on London Road and Chester Road. Highways have indicated that there will
be a public consultation once the new roundabout layout has been designed.
Stuart Gammon, Partnership Chairman, presented
the petition to the Leader of Cheshire East Council (Councillor Rachel Bailey) on 12th April; he asked whether interested parties
- including the Parish Council, Ward Councillors and the Partnership - could meet with the Highways department at the start of the
design process for the new roundabout, so that community requirements could be considered from the beginning.
UPDATE - July 2018
Representatives of the Holmes Chapel Partnership, Parish Council and Ward Councillors had a predesign
meeting with Cheshire East Highways on 29th June at which we discussed the proposal for a roundabout and our concerns about pedestrian
safety. As we already knew, the intention is to replace the traffic lights at London Road and Chester Road intersection with a roundabout,
but its exact design,
and position have not yet been decided.
Highlighted were the pedestrian safety issues, particularly crossing London
Road, adjacent to Bernard Court, and Chester Road:
- There is an intention to retain a crossing on London Road (north)
- Despite an obvious
need, there is no space on the south side of Chester Road – due to the narrow path, around The Milling Field, to provide a crossing
close to the lights; any further west would be impossible as the path is too narrow
- We are concerned that, even with a roundabout,
large and long vehicles will have problems turning left from London Road (northbound) into Chester Road due to both the tight corner
and visibility of traffic approaching the junction along Chester Road which will no longer be forced to stop a safe distance back
from the junction. Highways will look at ways of improving this situation.
The full cost has yet to be assessed, including costs of
construction, traffic management, during the works, and any purchase of land. If, as seems likely, this is more than the amount being
paid by Bloor Homes, then Cheshire East will need to fund the difference. The junction design work will not start until the conditions
in the Belway Section 106 Agreement have been met – i.e. development of the residential
housing has started – and the money has been
paid to Cheshire East.
Highways have agreed to have another meeting with us when the design work starts.
- Christmas Market: 2nd December, 4-7 pm
- Santa's Sleigh Runs: 2nd to 18th December
- Memory Café
- As part of the Dementia Friendly Village project, the cafe takes place at the Methodist Church Hall on 1st/3rd/5th
Wednesday of each month, between 10 am and 12 pm.
- All are welcome!
- See the Community Events pages (here) for details of
the following events
- Village Fair 2019 - Date to be confirmed
- Celebrating Holmes Chapel 2019 - Date to be confirmed