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Tearing up pavements once designed to stop romantic walks

The demands of a prudish aristocrat, that made one Cheshire town more dangerous for pedestrians, are about to be undone.

Knutsford's pavements were made deliberately narrow, back in the 18th Century, because the wealthy woman who paid for them didn't want couples walking arm-in-arm.

They've stayed like for more two hundred and twenty years, but now they'll be widened to make them safer.

Critics say it'll spoil the town's character as Ashley Derricott reports:


Pavements designed to stop romantic walks will be torn-up

Knutsford's narrow pavements were designed to stop romantic walks Credit: Cheshire East Council

The narrow pavements of a Cheshire town, built to stop romantic walks between couples in the 18th Century, are to be torn-up and widened.

King Street in Knutsford was paved, more than 220 years ago, thanks to the funding of a local aristocrat. She ordered the pavements be narrowed to ensure no-one could walk arm-in-arm.

Those restricted walkways endured through the 19th and 20th Centuries, but will not survive the 21st. The local council says the street must now be made accessible to everyone.

An artist's impression of the new King Street Credit: Cheshire East Council

Biker narrowly misses car and falls 40ft off cliff

A biker from Knutsford has released a video of an extremely near miss on the Cat and Fiddle near Macclesfield.

Jack Sanderson fell 40ft down the cliff after coming off his bike in February. He posted the video on YouTube and it's had around 60,000 hits.

Jack said: "I was going round the corner and I was going wider and wider and wider. When I saw the first bit of the car I knew I was in trouble. I chose to go off the cliff, rather than hit the car - it was the best thing I could do. I thought that was me dead.

"I opened my eyes at the bottom of the hill and everything was black and white.

"It's amazing how many people have seen the video. I put it on there as a warning to others as much as anything. I'm a good rider and we often think we are better than we are. If you are going to be stupid things like this will happen.

"I always have a camera on my head, it's just for fun but also there if anything happens."

Coronation Street star in 'drink drive' arrest

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox - who plays Rita Tanner in the soap - has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The 80-year-old was held at her local police station in Knutsford, Cheshire, on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The actress, who has played the newsagent in the programme for over 40 years, had gone to the station after her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was earlier arrested for the same offence.

A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: "An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. She was bailed pending further inquiries."

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said the arrest was a personal matter.


George Osborne delivers £1m compensation cheque in Knutsford

"Have you ever seen a cheque this big?" asks the Chancellor Credit: ITV Granada

Tatton MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has delivered a £1m pound cheque to residents in Knutsford.

It is compensation for the increased noise that communities have suffered following the opening of Manchester Airport's second runway.

The payout marks the end of a 10-year campaign against the airport by Mr Osborne.

Manchester Airports Group, which runs the Ringway airfield, agreed to pay more than £1,500 to 583 residents of Knutsford and Mobberley who lodged claims over the runway.

MAG will also pay the running costs of Knutsford Town Council and Mobberley Parish Council for a year, which is worth £117,702. Six local state schools will also receive a £1,300 one-off payment after the deal was struck

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