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New Vote Poll on making life safer for pedestrians

14th July 2007 @ 10:10am – by Audlem Webteam
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The Chronicle reports this week on the successful campaign in Crewe and Nantwich to improve some of the pavements in the two towns where many people have tripped over. Serious as that is to those involved, it does raise a question about the safety of some of Audlem's pavements. Rather than tripping, the immediate hazard in the village is often having to share the pavement with a 42-tonne articulated truck!

To help raise awareness of the issue with Cheshire County Council – who have reacted commendably to the problems in Crewe and Nantwich – our new Vote Poll on Audlem Online asks the question: "Should the County Council make Audlem's pavements safer for pedestrians?"

Clearly there are problems, particularly near the Post Office and past Beaman's. Elsewhere, pavements disappear and pedestrians sometimes have to cross the road a number of times. There are no pedestrian crossings, despite heavy traffic flows, even on routes used by many schoolchildren. Some of these issues are difficult to address without causing traffic chaos but past attempts, such as erecting protective bollards, appear to have been abandoned.

Making pavements safer, particularly from Heavy Goods Vehicles, was identified as a major problem in the Parish Plan and has been addressed by the Parish Council on numerous occasions. Perhaps the apparently successful 'Safer Pavements' campaign elsewhere in the Borough suggests it may be timely to ask the County Council to take a close look at the safety issues of Audlem's pavements.

A new Forum on the issue has also started so you can express your views more fully. Click on Forum on the top horizontal bar. To vote, simply click on Yes/No or Unsure in the Vote Poll Section and then click on Vote Now.


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