Can someone please explain to me why in Wilmslow we have the most expensive and elaborate flower displays, not to mention the elaborate cast iron containers which must have cost a fortune, and yet we have roads full of holes!
While I love to see beautiful flowers, I can't help feeling that someone has got their priorities wrong!
Due to back problems, we are going to have to change our car, and get one with a softer suspension. I suppose the plus side is that the physiotherapists and the car repair people keep busy!
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The roads in this area are an absolute disgrace, with potholes, cracks and uneven surfaces all over the place.
Certain "managers" responsible for this debacle at Cheshire East should hang their heads in shame for letting the roads around this area become such a mess.
Maybe we should demand to know who exactly at Cheshire East is responsible to the ratepayers (that's US) !! for the upkeep of our roads ? ......
because, quite clearly, they're not doing their jobs properly !
Which brings us to the other subject of Brook Lane and the useless repairs recently carried out there, with possibly more Tarmac gone into the drains than on the road.
Cyclists have to swerve to miss potholes, cars swerve to miss them etc etc and before long there will be a bad accident.
As for the numpties who did Brook Lane - it beggars belief that they would cover drains.
Money needs to be directed in the right way. Good infrastructure is paramount
Meanwhile Cllr Craig Browne has recently been very active putting pressure on East Cheshire and getting several more serious road maintenance requirements addressed - then heading out to confirm the jobs have been done properly. I guess the writer isn't aware of Craig's efforts?
So the priorities aren't wrong - if the Parish council hadn't sorted flowers we'd still have many badly maintained roads but with no flowers to admire whilst we negotiate the cracks and holes!
Craig Browne, our Ward Councillor, does a great job in getting works done and you may be assured that it is as frustrating for him as it is for all Alderley residents that 'right first time' does not seem to be the culture in the companies employed by Cheshire East to complete these works.
Cheshire East will already be more than aware of our disappointment in the standards we are being asked to accept because Craig will have represented our views immediately. It is what he does, daily and weekly and yes, Beverley Chapman, you are right when you say we are very lucky to have him.
The road conditions here and throughout East Cheshire have been awful for years. This is not something new as well we all know. Drive to Wales if you want a smooth ride and wish, as you do, that one day our roads here will be the same.
Just don't hold your breath!
The flowers in Alderley Edge are arranged by Christine Munro (with her usual expertise) and neither Cheshire east nor A.E.P.C. pay anything.
If I am out of date, please feel free to corre4ct me.
I often pull out of West St onto London Road. The planter on the corner obscures the view and it is hard to see oncoming traffic. Recently when I thought all was clear two cyclists flew by...they are even harder to see. Is it possible to pull this planter a meter or so further away from the road?
Thank you so much for your post. I will ensure it is attended to tomorrow morning.
We tried this morning to move the planter ourselves but in the wet it proved impossible. I have sent the following message to our supplier (also called Malcolm!)
A huge favour to ask, Malcolm...
We have had two or three people mention that, as they leave West Street to rejoin the London Road, the planter outside Barclays is now so spectacular it makes looking right difficult.
We have tried to move the planter this morning but in the wet it is almost impossible to get a grip and so were unsuccessful.
If your maintenance team were nearby could they slide it further towards the nightsafe side of the Barclays front thereby improving the road safety on the West Street junction.
I am pleased to report that in each case we were complimented on how wonderful the planters look!
My thanks to you and your team.
A wonderful example of the white line art form is the Alderley Road approach to the traffic lights in Wilmslow, forcing single file traffic until two car lengths before the junction. Lots of wavy lines all over the place!
This would have cost thousands to design and paint.
Is someone in the highways department related to the white line contractors?
My apologies that it has taken so long but after a few failed human attempts to move it we had to resort to nudging it on its way with the water truck!
At least there is no danger of them being stolen!!
Blooming late - but blooming done!
Were they overruled or just keeping us happy with promises, as the pothole near the layby is now a crator?
Major capital projects, as opposed to pothole filling, are programmed annually. The cost of resurfacing of Heyes Lane has been estimated at over £100,000 and although it was not included in the 2017/18 programme, I do expect it be included in the 2018/19 programme. I will give an update on this, once the list of projects is made available in March.
I am pleased to confirm that a 70 metre stretch of Wilmslow Road is to be resurfaced during February half-term, including the reconstruction of a 20 metre section at the junction with Brook Lane. This work is being carried out with residual funds from the current year’s programme (effectively money left over from other projects which came in under budget).
Whilst I recognise that Heyes Lane is in desperate need of repair, I was asked to prioritise between Wilmslow Road and Heyes Lane as there were not enough funds left over in this year’s budget to carry out repairs to both. As the busier of the two roads, I suggested that Wilmslow Road should be prioritised this year, with assurance that Heyes Lane would be done next.