Sunday, 11 November 2018

Remembrance in Frodsham

Frodsham remembered the soldiers, sailors, airmen and our nurse who lost their lives in war today.

As today is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I we remembered the 156 from Frodsham who fell in that conflict in the commemoration at St Laurence church.

It was both poignant and moving.

All 156 names were read out along with the date they died and where they died.  We heard short biographical details about some of them.

One can only imagine the fear felt by local families as hardly a week would go by without someone being killed.   Relatively few men were killed in 1914 and 1915.  However the final 3 years the casualty rates mounted.

That fear must have escalated dramatically as casualties mounted during some the great WWI offensives.  For example July 1916 - coinciding with the opening phases of the Battle of the Somme saw 11 Frodsham men die.

1918 was a dreadful year for Frodsham

From 22 March - 30 April 1918  - coinciding with the start of the German Spring Offensive some 23 Frodsham men killed.  The final campaign on the Western front - known as the Hundred Days Offensive (from August - November 1918) saw some 22 men from Frodsham killed.

candles were lit, then snuffed out for each of the 156 men and one woman from Frodsham killed in WWI
There were two remembrance events held at 11am. Lynn laid the wreath for us both at the top of the hill.  I had the honour of laying the wreath at St Laurence church.


My daughter planted a cross in remembrance of my Great Uncle William Watterson .  Willie was an Able Seaman.  He was only 17 when he was killed on board the SS GA Savage - sunk off Tenby by a German U Boat.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Road works on the A56 Frodsham-Helsby and Sutton Weaver

Fibre cables are going to be installed beneath the A56 in Frodsham, Helsby and Sutton Weaver.

The works are to commence on 15 October in Helsby and will reach Frodsham on 22 October.  We will see disruption on our roads.

The following description of the works comes from an email I received earlier this evening from CWaC Highways...

'Following a meeting with our streetworks team and Comex2000 last week regarding the ongoing project to “Install, 110mm duct and build access chambers where required for future fibre cables between Sutton Weaver and Helsby. 

They aim to achieve this the safest and quickest ways possible, by open cutting trenches and also using directional drilling in busier areas to minimise disruption for the locals”.

This project has been ongoing this summer and most of the open cutting works is coming to the end and the next stage is to carry out the directional drilling in busier areas in Helsby and Frodsham to minimise disruption for the locals”.

Please see below is the agreed locations and dates for the drilling process and the attached letter for the resident and businesses that will be delivered by the utility  company soon.   

A56 Chester Road Helsby

Drilling to start on Monday 15/10/18 on a 10 day permit (10 days is the worst case scenario, with works expected to be completed within 7 days including weekend works)

Junction Queens drive to Junction Station Avenue, with a send/receive pit situated outside Helsby Barkers Motors Garage and another between the one stop shop and the Post office (this is due to both being busy). Both pits will be in the carriageway with traffic controlled under give and take as the road is wide enough to accommodate this without causing major disruptions. The final pit in this section would be at the junction of Station Avenue (finding the best possible place for the least disruption).

From Station Avenue that will complete this section using 2 way traffic signals to connect the new duct being laid using directional drilling then connecting to existing duct opposite Smart Barbers. This section will be started at a weekend as requested (preferably Saturday 20/10/18/Sunday 21/10/18).

A56 Main Street / High Street Frodsham

Drilling to start Monday 22/10/18 on a 16 day permit (16 days is the worst case scenario, with works expected to be completed within 10 – 12 days including weekend works and excluding Thursdays due to Frodsham Market). Parking bays will be suspended in sections with advanced warning signs for the bays to be used. Drills will be done in approx. 100m sections with 3 way lights to be used once we are past Drill 6.

Drill 1 – from Chapel Fields to Marsh Lane (this is so that we can situate the drilling rig in the parking bays as not to cause too much disruption)

Drill 2 – from Chapel Fields to Old Hall Hotel

Drill 3 – from Old Hall Hotel to O/S 107

Drill 4 – from O/S 107 to Red Telephone box 

Drill 5 – from Red Telephone box to bus stop

Drill 6 – from bus stop to Alexandra Mews (lane closure to be used here as the road is wide enough to maintain 2 way traffic, Sunday Works here)

Drill 7 – from Alexandra Mews to opposite St. Luke’s Church (TM to be used here 2/3 way signals)

Drill 8 – from St. Luke’s Church to St. Hilde’s Drive

Drill 9 – from St. Hilde’s Drive to bus stop next to Chinese Delight then open cutting approx. 30m to join into our existing network by Bridgewater close.

The local streetworks inspector will be monitoring their works and making sure they are carrying out the work as agreed. 

Please note all this work will be completed before the Christmas activities in Frodsham on 24th November 2018.'

Friday, 28 September 2018

Formal letter of support and objection to CWaC's proposed 20mph speed limits

Lynn and I have formally written to CWaC today with a letter than both supports elements of the proposed 20mph speed limit TROs and also raises objections.

Objections to the following proposed Traffic Regulation Orders:
1.      The Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Frodsham East) (20mph speed limit) Order 2018 – TRO 2121
2.      The Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Frodsham North) (20mph speed limit) Order 2018 – TRO 2122
3.      The Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Overton, Frodsham) (20mph speed limit) Order 2018 – TRO 2123
4.      The Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council (Frodsham Town Centre) (20mph speed limit) Order 2018 – TRO 2124

Please note this letter is both a letter of support for certain aspects of these proposed TROs – whilst also being a letter of objection to other elements of them.

We support the imposition of 20mph speed limits on the longer residential roads identified in the TROs, such as Ship Street, Ashton Drive, Grassmere, Hillside Road, Townfield Lane Langdale Way and in particular where the local residents themselves support the imposition of the lower speed limits.  

Please note we were instrumental in the declaration of the existing 20mph zone in Frodsham around the medical centre under CWaC’s former policy. 

We are not ideologically opposed to 20mph limits.  

We are however ideologically opposed to the wastage of public money which these proposed orders seem to signal and in particular given that there are many greater, pressing priorities for highway safety in Frodsham.

We are also very conscious that the proposed orders appear to demonstrate an irrational and flawed approach – with roads that should have been included omitted and vice versa.

We object to each and every one of these orders on the following grounds:
  • .      These TROs and the money and resources spent upon them is a misdirection of public funds and does not remedy, to the best effect the present issues of highway concern in Frodsham which include:

a.      Speeding and accidents (including fatalities) along Bridge Lane (A56);
b.      Speeding along Bridge Lane, Fluin Lane, Manley Road, Kinglsey Road;
c.       The need for a safe pedestrian crossing on Church Street;
d.      The need to improve the safety and effectiveness of the pedestrian crossings on the A56 (Bridge Lane and Main Street);
e.      The need to address traffic congestion in Frodsham in particular at peak hours;
f.        The need to improve traffic flow along the A56;
g.      The need to improve air quality in Frodsham – in particular in the declared Air Quality Management Area; and
h.      The poor standard of highway maintenance on roads such as Ashton Drive, Withy Close, Whitehall Place and London Road where cars do not travel at greater than 20mph in any event. 

  • .      The evidence published by CWaC shows that most traffic travelling on most of the roads identified in the TROs travels at 24mph or below and as such imposing a 20mph speed limit will bring little or no benefit;
  • .      Many of the roads listed in the TROs are such that traffic speeds do not reach or exceed 20mph and as such the TROs are in that regard entirely unnecessary – eg. Lime Avenue, and Beech Avenue;
  • .      The amenity of Frodsham will be unnecessarily adversely affected by the mass erection of 20mph speed signs – and in some locations the erection of such signs could impede pedestrian passage along pavements;
  • .      The selection of the side roads encompassed within the proposed order is illogical, irrational, and in some cases omits roads that perhaps should have been included such as Bradley Lane, Bracken Way, Overton Drive, Marling Close, Hazlehurst Road, Top Road, Mill Lane and in other cases includes ways such as Manor Farm Court which can only be accessed through a private, gated access;
  • .      The irrationality in selecting roads will lead to confusion for road users and will bring CWaC into disrepute.  If the policy is intended to blanket all residential side roads with a 20mph limit then all should be included rather than the apparent scatter gun approach apparently taken.  Not including roads like Foxglove Court whilst including Lime Avenue is evidence of the perversity in the approach taken;
  • .      Inadequate publication and consultation – if it is that CWaC used the Northwich Guardian as a newspaper ostensibly circulating in the locale to publish these proposed TROs.  The Northwich Guardian is not considered either by us, or by the residents of Frodsham we have consulted on the matter to be a newspaper circulating in the locality in any meaningful sense of the word; and
  • .      We consider the flaws in these four proposed TROs to be so fundamental that the council should rethink the entire proposal and start again so as to produce a logical and reasonable scheme treating all residential side roads the same whilst noting that in the majority of cases the imposition of 20mph limits will be of little benefit (and as such the signage will amount to little more than ‘gesture politics’) given that vehicle speeds largely do not exceed it in any event.
  • .      Please note that we cite examples in our both our expression of support and in our objections.  If requested we can provide a full list of the roads we say should be considered under each of the headings made.  However, we contend that the better approach for CWaC would be to start the entire exercise again.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Main Street Parking Restrictions Part II

So what happens if you live on Main Street and you want to park on the road by your house?
Well if CWaC's scheme is implemented each household will have to apply for a permit.  These permits cost £60 for each car per year.  It seems there will only be 126 permits issued.

CWaC tell me that the permits will be issued on a 'priority basis' - whatever that means - and on the basis to begin with of one permit per household.  If and only if there are permits left over will the council issue permits for second or third vehicles.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Main Street Parking Restrictions

CWaC has just published its plans explaining what parking restrictions will apply to which bays along Main Street.  As you can see it has taken two plans to set out the detail.  Why CWaC didn't centre a single plan on Main Street goodness only knows.

The labels on the north side of Main Street say:
'Residents and designated parking Zone N.  Mon-Wed 8am-6pm and Fri-Sat 8am-6pm waiting limited to 2 hours, return prohibited within an hour.'

The labels on the south side of Main Street say:
'Residents and designated parking Zone N.  Mon-Sat 8am-6pm waiting limited to 2 hours, return prohibited within an hour.'

Whilst these restrictions should free up space for short stay parking I fear these restrictions will simply displace car parking off Main Street onto the side roads.  Also I do wonder just how much space will be freed though - as if you drive through Frodsham late at night, or early in the morning you'll see that more than half of the spaces are taken up on both sides of Main Street presumably by residents.