'Contractor does not have permission for a full road closure'


Cheshire East Highways will be addressing this situation regarding the closure of George Street as it appears they do not have permission for a full road closure.

George Street closed in both directions from the junction with London Road to the junction with South Grove today (Friday, 1st November) 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.

The plans were for the road to be closed for 24 hours a day until towards the end of June 2020 - which has not gone down well with local residents and those who work in the village who say the work has also resulted in unacceptable noise levels and vibrations.

Bruce Emery said "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."

However, it would appear that the contracor only has permission for a single lane closure so the Council will be intervening.

Councillor Craig Browne said "I have contacted the Network Manager at Cheshire East Highways today, to make him aware of the situation. He has reassured me that the contractor does not have permission for a full road closure and that as a compromise, a single lane closure only was agreed. Cheshire East Highways will be addressing this situation, which is entirely the fault of the developer's contractor, as a priority.

"Earlier today, I also took the opportunity to speak directly to the contractor and to advise him of this."

George Street


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

Simon Vaughan
Monday 4th November 2019 at 3:51 pm
I have an office on George Street, and the noise is definitely frustrating, but the arrogance of the developers to assume they can simply shut an important road for 8 months with no consultation and no regard for the residents or businesses is beyond my comprehension.

They've also clearly taken a much larger piece of the road than is necessary simply so they have somewhere to park their vans. Damn, if only we had thought of that...
Dave Clarke
Thursday 19th December 2019 at 5:25 pm
If their is no authority to close the road completely why has it been closed on at least two occasions in the last week? The most recent today at lunchtime.
Jon Williams
Thursday 19th December 2019 at 7:49 pm
Health & Safety ?

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