Holmes Chapel Partnership and Holmes Chapel Parish Council invited local residents to take part in our ‘Defeat Danger’ Walk to School event on Tuesday 17 May 2022.
We were delighted that John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, was able to join us this year to see for himself the many hazards children and residents of all ages face when walking around Holmes Chapel.
Click here to read his support on his website.
This is the second year we have run this event in conjunction with Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
We are using the walk to raise awareness of the ongoing dangers pedestrians face when walking around Holmes Chapel. One positive outcome following last year’s event has been the provision of a new pathway to assist those coming to and from the Cottons Estate. As suggested by the Safe Walking Routes to School working group set up by the Partnership and the Parish Council, Cheshire East Highways has now made an official way through the hedge from the Toucan crossing on Middlewich Road. This means that youngsters making their way to school can now get straight onto the quieter roads of the Lakes estate and don’t have to walk along the narrow pavement bordering Middlewich Road with its heavy traffic heading out to the motorway.
Our walk last year was extremely well attended by local school children, teachers, residents, councillors, and the local media. This year we invited Cheshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner to join the walk as we remain frustrated with the lack of response and support we have had from Cheshire East. Read our open letter to the PCC here.
The Walk to School Week theme on 17 May was ‘Defeat Danger’ which is why we chose to walk on Tuesday. We asked village children participating to dress in Jubilee colours (red, white and blue) to tie in with the village decorations which went up the weekend preceding the walk.