Highways teams geared up for winter

Gritter 1 - Cheshire East highways team

Cheshire East Council says its highways teams are fully prepared with a fleet of 21 new gritters that will be on standby around the clock.

The new gritters contain innovative technology to make them safer, more efficient and produce lower emissions.

Salt stocks have been replenished ready to treat Cheshire East's road network. Gritting routes are planned and include the high-level roads to the east of the borough, where snow and ice tend to have the most severe impact in extremely cold weather.

The gritting team will treat up to 1,200 kilometres (750 miles) of road when wintry conditions are forecast with the gritters, which feature location trackers enabling members of the public to track them live online, on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week from October until the end of April.

Paul Traynor, head of highways at Cheshire East Council, said: "Our winter season can stretch over a six-month period, so it was vital that our gritters are ready and our salt stocks remain high.

"Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable, so we monitor the weather forecast closely to ensure that our gritting routes are treated at the right time. We also urge residents to take great care when driving or walking when it's icy or snowing.

"Although we treat nearly half of Cheshire East's road network, we cannot ensure that all roads will be completely clear of snow or ice, so please take care – especially on untreated roads."

Cheshire East's gritting vehicles can be tracked as they treat the network at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways.



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

Pamela Scoltock
Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 8:22 am
Congratulations once again for a fine team effort by our dedicated volunteers
Jon Williams
Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 9:41 am
"dedicated volunteers" ?
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 15th November 2019 at 7:20 am
Pamela do you think Cheshire East Highways are unpaid volunteers who do this work out of the kindness of their hearts? I think you will find that a large chunk of our council tax pays their wages. And speaking of huge council tax bills and not much to show... I would like to know which idiot in the Council decided to mess with a well structured bin collection system which has worked well for years. If there are any councillors reading this can you tell us why we had garden and recycling collected TWICE in a 13 day period yet we have had NO BLACK BIN collection for 3 weeks? They were supposed to come yesterday and having put the bins out (plus one well sealed black sack) at 6.30 am on Thursday as advised...we came home at midnight last night to find no collection and the bag's contents ripped open by a fox. Thanks Cheshire East...is the black bin surplus to requirement or will we now wait another 2 weeks ( thus making it 5 weeks) for our household waste to be collected? What on earth is going on? Also how about I deduct a fair portion of my council tax for uncollected waste?
Craig Browne
Friday 15th November 2019 at 10:33 am
Hi Tony,

I suspect Pamela’s comment was intended to be posted in response to the “Golden Glory for Alderley Edge in Bloom” article, but has somehow ended up on this thread by accident.

The issue of missed bin collections is incredibly frustrating, I acknowledge. A time and motion study was carried out by ANSA which suggested that the new schedule would be more efficient in terms of the number of trips the bin lorries would need to make back to the waste recycling hub. Unfortunately, there have clearly been teething problems with the introduction of the new schedule, the main reason for this being that new collection teams are now covering areas that they have not covered previously and which they are unfamiliar with. The initial problems should be ironed out quickly; however, I have registered a complaint with ANSA (who collect the bins on behalf of the Council) and copied it to the responsible Portfolio Holder at Cheshire East.

On a more positive note, residents will shortly be receiving an additional (small) green bin which is intended for food waste. The contents should then be transferred to your existing garden waste bin, which means that the winter suspension of green bin collections that has taken place over the last few years will no longer happen and your garden waste will continue to be collected fortnightly throughout the winter (apart from a two week period over the Christmas holidays). This new service will launch from 4th January.

Kind regards,
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 15th November 2019 at 11:53 am
Thanks Craig...I just got back but see they are all still uncollected as yet
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 15th November 2019 at 4:37 pm
So having just spoken to my daughter in law who lives near the back of the Primary School she tells me they have had an uninterrupted bin collection as their collection day did not change. Us guinea pigs on the wrong side of the village have not had our black bins collected for 3 weeks now. This is ridiculous and I now believe this is down to sheer incompetence. How can they come into the village and say they have collected our bins. SorryCraig I am not cutting them any slack on this
Fiona Doorbar
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7:17 am
Report a missed bin collection direct with the council. It takes 2 minutes online and they state they will come and collect it within the next 5 days. You can also put an additional 3 black bags of rubbish out if there has been no collection in the last 20 days so save your fuel and time and use this opportunity as a free ‘tip run’ for a pre Xmas de clutter!
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 10:25 am
Hello Fiona we tried the online reporting it may be working for you but it did not work for us or the lads who live next door . My wife rang the council and the call centre staff say there have been problens flagged with the system(probably due to so many folk logging missed collections). She was told that there would be extra collections yesterday (there weren't!). Yet there have been CEC refuse lorries driving all around the village on Thursday and Friday. I do not believe any reassurances from our council now. I have taken the bin in now and have to go to the dump as I also explained the foxes have shredded our black sacks ( can you recommend a fox proof sack). I feel we have been permanently left off the collection rota and why could they not have kept the black/silver rota running smoothly from one week to the rest.
Elizabeth Mooney
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 1:34 pm
Craig Browne has been most helpful and is trying to get these non pick ups sorted out for us. I have had 3 broken promises from Ansa who collect our waste. The team keep telling the bosses at Middlewich they have done our collection plus others on Heyes Lane. They were supposed to come out again this morning armed with a map (as clearly Heyes Lane is so hard to find ;) well nothing has been collected today either and as they clock off at 2.00pm on Saturday that is it! Apparently only a handful of roads in Alderley have had their collection dates moved from Friday to Thursday everyone else has had smooth normal collections. The unlucky roads had silver bins collected as normal on Friday 1st and were then collected AGAIN 6 days later we are now 22 days without a black bin collection and getting fed up. The backroom boys who dreamt up this genius plan need heads banging together as I said to Craig I think our area has been completely forgotten about re waste collection we can only live in hope.
Elizabeth Mooney
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 4:47 pm
By the way according to the Council's own website I have unearthed the following baffling facts on times and routes of these waste and recycling wagons. On Thursday 7th November they collected recycling at 12.56AM at the bottom end of Heyes Lane by the station having covered Moss Road 10 minutes earlier and then came back at 15.55PM to cover the middle section 59 down to 19 and along the other side of the road with even numbers!!¿ This was after they had sent an earlier wagon (at 8.02 AMto deal with recycling in Beaufort Close and Devonshire Drive). Duke Street which is off Moss Road have retained their Friday collections even though the entire surrounding area has moved to Thursday. South Bank Close off Heyes Lane have all moved over to collections on Thursday with the exception of one property which has retained Friday collections. This is the craziest most haphazard way to run a collection system and we obviously have wagons all over the place burning fuel with zero organisation of routes. I am no time and motion expert but even a 3 year old can see why this new system has broken down before it has started. (Craig I have sacmved the information and am happy to share it with you if need be)
Duncan Herald
Monday 18th November 2019 at 9:27 am
we don't have much foor waste but the robins etc. are cheerful and plump!