Council to consider alternative scheme for Leicester Street roundabout improvements

Cheshire West and Chester Council has withdrawn an order for proposed improvements to Northwich’s Leicester Street roundabout in order to consider an alternative scheme put forward by objectors.

The withdrawal of the Side Roads Order means that a public inquiry into the scheme scheduled to begin this Wednesday (December 17) will no longer go ahead.

Instead, highways officers will review these alternative proposals, working closely with local businesses.

The Council carried out extensive public consultation last year into its plans to increase the capacity of the roundabout to cope with future levels of traffic as part of the overall regeneration of Northwich.

The proposals include a number of pedestrian crossings and extensive nearby parking.

Through this consultation process, concerns have been raised by some about the impact on their businesses.

Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities, said: “We have withdrawn the Side Roads Order to allow us to consider the alternative proposals which have been recently submitted, in order to be fair to all parties.

“However, it is important to note that improvements to this roundabout are vital to ensure that Northwich can cope with the increased levels of traffic generated by major regeneration projects such as Barons Quay and Memorial Court, and to ensure pedestrians can continue to navigate our roads safely.”