More government cash for pothole repairs


Cheshire East Council is to benefit from more government funding to repair the borough's potholes and road defects.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the national Pothole Action Fund is increased to £100m and Cheshire East will now receive just over £1m, up by more than £300,000 on what it was allocated initially.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: "This is welcome news at a time when the council is faced with a real challenge in terms of meeting the demands for road repairs.

"That the secretary of state has increased the amount of funding for all authorities also demonstrates that the pothole problem is not peculiar to Cheshire East; that councils up and down the country are spending more money repairing roads.

"In Cheshire East, we are repairing, on average,150 road defects a day and have substantially increased the number of highways teams engaged in road repairs.

"We have to prioritise the urgent repairs we are currently carrying out but the additional money will enable us to do more permanent resurfacing work in the spring and summer months ahead."

Cheshire East Council recently increased the amount to be spent on the borough's roads to £7m in 2018/19.

Residents are encouraged to report potholes at: or call 0300 123 5020.



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

Pete Taylor
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 7:11 am
Reporting highways faults on “Fix My Street” seems to get good results, in my experience.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 3:36 pm
They need to get on with it. I've just had pothole damage to a tyre that cost me £200+. I'm fed up with trying to avoid them. My experience in reporting is over 10 days from reporting to someone marking the pothole with white paint. Then - nothing. In my day many years ago with another County Council such things were done within a week.
Jon Williams
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 5:32 pm
I reported three potholes near to one another some weeks ago, the man came, put white paint around two of them and about a week later contractors came and filled in the two, they put the "Danger Men Working sign" over the third while the did the 10 min job.
Not repairing the third hole will just lift the filling out of the repaired ones.

Stop filling and do the whole road !
Ian Cook
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 6:13 pm
CEC, credit where credit is due, Thanks for filling in the crater on the bridge at Alderley Station. All credit to the power of who carried a number of complaints about the huge pothole........just the rest of Congleton Road and Heyes Lane to go now!!!!!
Barbara Hughson
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 9:49 am
Loads along Macclesfield Road from Alderley Edge towards the top of the hill where the endless stream of ******* construction vehicles parks. There are two particularly bad ones - one across the carriageway and one in the centre, near the Hotel/Trafford Road area.
Craig Browne
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2:30 pm
Hi Barbara,

I do report potholes to CE Highways on a regular basis, but thank you for bringing these to my attention.

This afternoon, I have reported potholes outside the following properties along Macclesfield Road (with the reference numbers in brackets): Squirrel’s View (3324280), The Skerries (3324282) & Springfield (3324283). You are able to track progress at using the reference numbers I have provided.

I have asked the police (once again) to take action in respect of contractors’ vehicles, as obstructive parking remains a police responsibility as far as enforcement is concerned.

Kind regards,
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 30th March 2018 at 8:10 pm
Hello Craig, thanks for reporting those and all the others which you log and montor on our behalf. As the new financial year starts next week has the esteemed Council sorted it's budget out and made a decision on Heyes Lane? The road has heavy traffic, Coaches , lorries large tractor/ trailers as well as increased commuter traffic. 2016 is when issues were flagged and many folk (and probably your good self ) are heartily sick of the "will they, wont they?" attitude. The councillor responsible for budgets and finance is utterly useless (if I might say). I cannot remember his name but when my daughter spoke to him in February (she was trying to get an idea of this year's Council Tax), he told her that the figures had been finalised the day before and he had the exact figures which he assured her for her banding were correct. (He underestimated her bill by £100 per annum) and this is the person who deals with budgets for the whole of Vheshire East !! :( The road beyond Heyes Lane onto Hough Lane and the Prestbury Road roundabout has white marks sprayed around the various potholes (I reported 2 of them weeks and weeks ago) and still just the spray paint . This seems to be their idea of "fixing" and "repairing" or they really push the boat out and put temporary traffic lights over the holes for 3 months as they did for the pot holes up on Macc' Road by the Slade Lane junction.....
Jon Williams
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at 7:45 pm
What's the position on Duke Street (very, very, uneven cobbles), even if C/E are not responsible, someone must be as it needs repairing badly, before someone has an accident walking on them (you can't use much of the footpath due to cars)
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 12:29 pm
Is Duke Street an unadopted Road? I know it is not private as it would say, perhaps Craig knows. And I agree it is horrid to walk on and I avoid it now as my hip is so bad :(
Jon Williams
Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 2:38 pm
Duke St reported to C/E
Reference: 3324803

Current Status: Enquiry received

Last updated: 04/04/2018 - 15:38

Thank you for contacting Cheshire East Highways. We have logged your enquiry and assigned it to a member of our team. The Pothole will be assessed and any necessary action taken. If you have provided us with an email address we aim to update you by email within 20 working days. Alternatively, you can monitor your enquiry online at
Craig Browne
Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 4:14 pm
Hi Tony,

Duke Street is indeed unadopted and therefore outside the responsibility of CEC Highways. You can check on the status of any local road within Cheshire East, using the Adopted Roads Gazetteer:
Kind regards,
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 5:21 pm
Good luck Jon, perhaps if we are lucky they will pop round and spray the road with white paint and then leave it for months;) Interestingly I spent the entire morning in Congleton and noticed how much better their roads are compared to ours. I hate to be cynical but could this be related to the fact that Highways HQ is based in the town?? I would hate to think of Mr Andrew Ross (CEC Highways chief) and his senior team ruining the tyres on their top of the range cars.
Charlie Gaughan
Tuesday 24th April 2018 at 4:23 pm
Last night had an unfortunate incident with a person driving down the middle of the rd forcing me to take invasive action and ruin an alloy rim in a large pot hole how do you prove it wasn’t your fault and get the useless council to do what they get paid for instead of every excuse in the book why they can’t even the dog ate my home work
Alan Brough
Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 7:04 am

1) Ring the Council and report the incident - get an incident number.
2) Take photos of the pothole and the damage to your wheel
3) Make a detailed note of the location of the pothole (with photos)
4) Keep receipts for any work done or for new wheels / tyres.
5) Write to the Council holding them responsible and claiming back the expenses.
6) They will probably write back resisting the claim - usually by saying that the pothole had not been reported and therefore they hadn't had the chance to repair it. Ask them to send you a copy of the damage reports for that section of road over the past 6 months.
7) Stick with it - they work on the basis that you will give up before they do.
8) Good luck!