Road drains disappear under new surface

Following the recent resurfacing of Brook Lane residents have raised concerns over the number of drains which have been left blocked with asphalt or covered over with tarmac.

One resident said "They appeared to have been over zealous on Brook Lane recently with the majority of the drains disappearing or blocked with asphalt.

"A few but not all of the buried have been re-found and ear marked with white chalk for exhumation. Let's hope they can fix it before the heavens open."

Councillor Craig Browne has raised the issue with Cheshire East Highways who are going to pass the information onto the capital delivery team, who will come back and uncover the marked drains.

He said "Generally speaking, I think the team have done a really good job with the resurfacing and relining, so I'm sure they will deal with any minor snagging issues in the same way.

"They will be coming back in the autumn (probably late September/early October) to install the junction protection restrictions at Oakhurst Chase, so I would imagine they will do both jobs whilst they are on site."

He added "If residents are aware of any other snagging issues resulting from the work on Brook Lane, perhaps they could leave a comment or contact me directly to let me know the exact location.

Updated: Tuesday, 29th August - A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "Brook Lane has benefitted from surface treatment and when that treatment is complete, we will then raise the level of any ironwork on the road, such as gullies.

"It is normal practice to raise ironwork after the application of surface treatment to ensure that an even spread of material is achieved. Work to raise ironwork on Brook Lane is programmed for completion by the end of next week. We try to coordinate this work with replacement of the road markings, where possible to minimise disruption to road users and local residents."

Brook Lane, Cheshire East Highways


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Paul Mcwilliam
Sunday 27th August 2017 at 3:30 pm
Obviously Councillor Craig Browne hasn't looked closely at the new road surface, its very bumpy and uneven all along the entire stretch of it. It seems to me that the Council has gone for the cheapest quote out there from the "Tarmac you drive Guv'nor" brigade. I regularly cycle along the route and it is not up to scratch compared how you would expect a proper resurfacing to be.
Jon Williams
Sunday 27th August 2017 at 4:56 pm
It's the same with Davey Lane that they did a couple of years ago, totally substandard, if they did your drive like that you would soon get them back.
Paul Mcwilliam
Sunday 27th August 2017 at 5:47 pm
Just cycled along Brook Lane and had a closer look, in places it has started to wear away already, I seriously doubt it will survive the Winter!!
Roy West
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 10:47 am
We will need to wait and see if the Council's statement that they have programmed work to raise gullies next week takes place, as now the school holidays are over, no doubt Brook Lane will be full of parked cars. The road markings have already been done overnight, are the gullies going to also be repaired at night? I have reported three times that a drain has been blocked for over 4 years outside Willan House, Brook Lane, but no action has been taken to clear it, perhaps this time something will be done!
Craig Browne
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 11:38 am
Dear all,

I carried out an audit of Brook Lane yesterday and have reported the following snagging issues to CE Highways:

Outside "Willan House" - gully full of asphalt
Outside "Hurst Lea Court" - tarmac over gully & service cover
Outside "Fairfield" - tarmac over service cover
Oakhurst Chase - tarmac over gully
Opposite "Brookhill" - tarmac over gully
Opposite "Preston Cottage" - tarmac over gully and service cover
Outside "The Oakwood" - surface breaking up
Opposite "Black Oak Cottage" - tarmac over gully
Outside No. 27-31 - surface breaking up in road centre
Outside No.49 - tarmac over both gullies
Outside No.69 - tarmac over gully
Outside "The Old Chapel" - tarmac over gully

I will give a further update as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Mathew Owen
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 8:02 pm
What a shambles, who did they get to do such shoddy work , who thinks it's ok to block up the drains and come back weeks later to unblock them ? Is someone at the council taking a backhander ?
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 9:28 pm
So. A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "......

Well all I can say is that isn't what happened when they resurfaced Altrincham Road and Water Lane in Wilmslow!

So was what they did there sub standard practise?
Mathew Owen
Thursday 31st August 2017 at 6:51 am
Craig, "Snagging issues" ??
Just sounds like a poor and unfinished job to me .
Gary Thomas
Thursday 31st August 2017 at 5:55 pm
That's an awful lot of snagging issues Craig! I cycle along the section from Oakhurst Chase up to the A34 quite regularly and also noted that the surface appears to be breaking up in places with some areas circled with white marker by someone. This is in addition to the issues you have already noted.
Jon Williams
Sunday 10th September 2017 at 8:53 am
Workmen on the job this morning at 8.00am (no dought on double time).
Craig Browne
Sunday 10th September 2017 at 2:11 pm
The work commenced on Thursday and now appears to be complete. The service covers and gullies have been dug out, raised and reset. I would like to thank CE Highways for responding promptly to the concerns raised.