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Wheel-lock on Wheelock Street

DRIVERS in a busy town are being urged to leave their cars at home.

DRIVERS in a busy town are being urged to leave their cars at home.

Middlewich councillor Chalkie White wants people in the town to join in European Car Free Day, when millions of motorists across the continent get through a day without their cars.

And he has written to Congleton Borough Council s Joint Highways Authority asking if it will close Wheelock Street for the day on September 22.

He said: 'I m looking at it from the point of view of Middlewich and trying to get drivers involved.

'I want the authorities to close Wheelock Street for the day.

'A lot of other towns have found that they actually get more people coming into the town centre when there are less cars about.

'The regulars all got behind the event and made a lot of donations. We were able to put on a disco, a big buffet, bouncy castle and play all sorts of musi -cal party games.

'We had a huge table full of prizes for the children, but it was strange because out of them all, the youngsters picked items like shampoo and toothpaste ahead of toys.

'We put a lot of fruit on the buffet be -cause we heard they like fruit but don t of -ten get chance to eat it.

'They left more traditional buffet food like sausages and went for the fruit in -stead.

'It is actually good for the town and could even boost trade for the day.'

Cllr White claims the town s roads are choked with traffic. He added: 'There are a number of housing and industrial developments adding to traffic congestion.

'Anything we can do to make the environment a cleaner, safer place for residents, shoppers and visitors can only be a good thing, even it is only for one day.'


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