George Street to close for up to seven months

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George Street will be closed from the junction with London Road to the junction with South Grove for nearly seven months.

The road will be closed from Friday 1st November for 24 hours a day and it is anticipated that the works will be completed by Friday 26th June 2020.

We understand the closure is to enable work to be completed to the highway in relation to a new residential development of six apartments which is currently under construction on the corner of London Road and George Street.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works contact Short Construction Ltd on 01625 541302

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George Street, Road Closures
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Vin Sumner
Friday 25th October 2019 at 5:00 pm
Just amazed that this can happen , understand they have permission for upto 18 months ... seems to make a nonsense of other efforts re parking and traffic ..
Dave Clarke
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 2:19 pm
I just find it incredible that 'whatever' they need to do is allowed to take so long. Surely this will adversely impact Alderley Edge traffic flow.
Kristina Hulme
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 3:07 pm
This seems very excessive and will badly affect the businesses around especially Foster F and C Shop and Coggles. This will also put pressure on a very tight junction off Chorley Hall Road en route to South Street Car Park.
Why couldn’t it be controlled by traffic lights and one way?
Pete Taylor
Saturday 26th October 2019 at 8:47 pm
Who is the “developer”? Anyone local?
Andy Brown
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4:15 pm
Absolutely ridiculous that the road needs to be closed for up to seven months.
Craig Browne
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4:39 pm
Dear all,

I recently requested clarification on this from the Network Manager (CE Highways) and am pleased to post a copy of his response, below.

“The one way closure is to facilitate the renovation of a building on the corner of George Street and London Road. Originally the developer's contractor requested the closure to be a full closure. However the Network Management team realised that this would have a detrimental effect on the area and requested that the contractor revised their plans, hence a one way closure is the compromise. Vehicles will be prohibited to enter George Street at its junction of London Road, they will be diverted via Chorley Hall Lane onto South Grove. Vehicles will be allowed to exit George Street onto London Road.”

Kind regards,
Craig
Alan R Davies
Monday 28th October 2019 at 11:12 am
Craig's post clarifies the situation somewhat. However, it raises the following points:

1) Planning applications are normally approved with a requirement to manage the impact on the surroundings, including highways. I would have thought that if this development necessitated full or partial road closure it should have been flagged at the time of the original planning application 3 years ago. Arguably that application should have been refused if it would necessitate significant traffic disruption over a period of up to 18 months.

2) If George Street has to be temporarily limited to one-way traffic, maybe that should be in the opposite direction given that access to West Street is also now prohibited from London Road.
Vin Sumner
Monday 28th October 2019 at 2:34 pm
Do developers pay for the period of time the road is closed ; if not that would focus minds
Kristina Hulme
Monday 28th October 2019 at 11:27 pm
Thanks Craig for the further clarification and good compromise.
Dave Clarke
Tuesday 29th October 2019 at 3:41 pm
Hi Craig, I appreciate your efforts and compromise situation. That said the term 'one-way' isn't understood in this area of Cheshire as other 'one-ways' are totally disregarded. Frequently cars go the wrong way at Barclays Bank and indeed opposite on the road beside the Bubble room.
Bruce Emery
Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 1:45 pm
In case you had not seen, heard or felt the earth tremors... the piling work has begun on the corner of George Street and one seriously has to wonder at what cost to the 120 year old buildings in our neighbourhood. Our staff have been really disconcerted by shake of our building with each thump into the ground.
Alan R Davies
Friday 1st November 2019 at 2:40 pm
I notice that George Street has now been closed in both directions. By the way, the original notice of planning approval included the following:

Should piling be required, prior to the commencement of development the applicant shall submit a method statement, to be approved by the Local Planning Authority. The piling work shall be undertaken in accordance with the approved method statement:
The method statement shall include the following details:
1. Details of the method of piling
2. Days / hours of work
3. Duration of the pile driving operations (expected starting date and completion date)
4. Prior notification to the occupiers of potentially affected properties
5. Details of the responsible person (e.g. site manager / office) who could be contacted in the event of complaint

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