AFTER a wait - probably not all that long as
waits go - while a new use was found for
the former health centre
next to the library in Beam Street, the demolition men moved on to the
site in early March 2012.
At last, the building with its
boarded-up windows was on the way out and all was set for a new building
to occupy the site. A Marks and Spencer food outlet would be built and,
if all went to plan, it would open in September - just in time to be
involved in the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival.
First, wire fencing was erected
round the edges
of the site and trees on Beam Street were
Eventus Properties Ltd, of Wigan, would be working
with Keyworker Homes (North West) Ltd of Blackpool.
The Eventus website said the
two companies joined forces to acquire "an old medical centre in the
lively town centre of Nantwich, Crewe."
To be a little nit-picking about
that statement, Nantwich and Crewe are regarded very much as separate
entities by older residents at least - and never the twain shall meet!
Still, Nantwich is in the
Cheshire East Council Borough now, and it was, of course, the latter
authority which gave the go-ahead for the
new store on February 1.
This is the corner of Beam Street and the
unnamed road running to the Civic Hall car park as it was on March 6,
left is the Church View Primary Care Centre with St Mary's Church in the
town centre behind it. The public library is to the right.
land behind the fencing contains the trunks of the felled trees with the
branches of the trees acting as an extra barrier.
The smaller picture at
the top left of this page shows the same view after the building was
The church tower is
still seen from Beam Street.
This was an artist's impression of how the store would look from high
above the Civic Hall car park, and to the left of Church View Primary Care Centre. The
store's car parking area is
in the foreground and in the far distance, right, is Cheyne Hall Day
Services building. To the top left is the rear of
the library and below that can be seen a shadow cast by the backstage
area of the Civic Hall.
Picture used with the permission of Eventus Properties