WORRIES about traffic chaos in Nantwich have been eased by ning chiefs at Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
Residents and community leaders fearedpressureon carparkingwasa 'slowly ticking timebomb' with the town gearing up for a series of developments.
Town councillors predicted traffic chaos if work on the town's new health centre off Beam Street began at the same time as the planned resurfacing of a car park in St Anne's Lane off Welsh Row with hundreds of spaces being lost.
But the borough council says it will halt work on the car park, which will be built on an old gas works site,until the health centre is finished with its own car park.
Town councillor Arthur Moran said: 'We have been waiting for this decision for a long time but the borough has now assured us that work on the health centre and the resurfacing of the gas works site won't take place simultaneously.
'This is very good news because we could have faced some real problems. Nantwich has a real shortage of car parks at the moment anyway.'
In a letter to the town council, the borough's executive director for environment and development Paul Ancell, said: 'We are aware of the potential for a major reduction in public car parking if the development of the health centre and resurfacing of the car park were to coincide.
'The timing of both projects remains unclear but we will assure that such a situation does not arise.'
Bill McGinnis has suggested filling in potholes on the site with gravel and cutting back surrounding hedges to provide space for as many cars as possible whilst the health centre is under construction. It is due to start in April.
Plans for the St Anne's Lane car park have been deferred for 'further consideration of contamination issues.'
Toxic substances were left in the ground when the gas works closed in the early 1970s. It is feared they could be released when the ground is disturbed.