Drivers in Nantwich look set to lose a free parking facility as work is due to start on regenerating the former gasworks site on St Anne’s Lane.

Cheshire East Council wants to carry out work on the land off Welsh Row, currently used by hundreds of people each day as a car park.

Tenders for the work are being invited and by the end of the month, a timetable of work will be available.

The site will then be closed with no access for vehicles, cycles or pedestrians.

An alternative cycle and pedestrian route has been agreed (see picture), to be posted at locations around the site and Mill Island.

Access to Mill Island will still be available via Queen’s Drive.

Investigatory work will involve drilling for samples so the ground can be monitored. In the 1980s, some structures were demolished and remedial work to the land was carried out.

Nantwich Mayor and ward Cllr Arthur Moran said: “This brownfield land is one of the last prime development sites in the town centre.

“We will be looking to create a good-quality, mixed development that will enhance the waterfront area of the River Weaver.

“So it is vital this investigatory work is done, to ensure land is suitable.”

Cllr Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “Local ward members have asked the council to look at options for developing this key town centre site with a view to it contributing to the regeneration and continued economic growth of Nantwich.

“We will look to open up the site for the duration of the Nantwich Jazz Festival between 7am April 4 and midnight April 10.

“If further work is still required, the site will be closed immediately afterwards.”

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