Paul Brown writes: "In response to Janet Maughan's comments on 5th December, I feel the community should be aware that although visitor moorings will be preserved, long-term moorings are at risk. Furthermore, the new marina will have 21 visitor births of its own, and visitors will no doubt use the café and shops on-site rather than walk all the way to Audlem. This dilution of trade must surely have a negative affect on Audlem and the 'Save Our Shops Campaign'."
Audlem Online adds: Local residents, many living in the area of Coole Lane, have leafleted many parts of Audlem urging residents to let Crewe & Nantwich Planning Department have their views on the proposed marina before 17th December.
They argue that 24 marinas are currently proposed in our region and there three new ones already at Swanley, Tattenhall and Church Minshull. As BW remove on-line canalside moorings when a new marina is built, Audlem could lose all its long-term moorings and business. With the new marina, 30/40 minutes walk away, they ask how that can help Audlem's economy.
Their concerns, according to the leaflet, also focus on the increase in traffic on Coole Lane with a car going in or out of the marina every minute in peak times. They wonder about the impact on cyclists, the footpaths crossing the lane, and horse users. They point out that Coole Lane is already dangerous and in a poor state. With the entrance to the marina coming out on Coole Lane between the Beeches and Sandown Reach, all these problems, the leaflet argues, will increase.
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