The footpath heading out of the village from Ryleys Lane towards the cemetery has been reconstructed recently.
The work between Ryleys Farm and Chelford Road was carried out between 27th October and 1st November.
Councillor Craig Browne explained "The work was delivered as part of the approved Level 2 Footway Improvement programme, which has an available budget of £1.14m this year out of a total highways capital budget of £18m for the borough (£15m of this is provided by central government and £3m from your Council Tax)."
He added "The scope of the work has improved 100m of exiting footway and the walking route at this location. I'm pleased to report that the team received some very positive comments from local residents whilst they were on site and on behalf of everyone, I would like to thank them for their work."
Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.
The 100meters of footpath is great, although I dread to think about the cost. Is it available under the Freedom of Information Act?
Now what about the rest of the mile or so of footpath that takes you to Foden Lane? As other readers have pointed out it is down to one person in places due to overhanging branches; overgrown bushes and hedges; and overgrown margins creeping across the path.
As another reader points out if two single people are approaching each other one has to step into the road.
And whilst I am on this subject - try walking down Moss Lane from Trafford Road towards the cricket club without stepping into the road. Why does the council allow the homeowners to grow their hedges across at least half of the pavement in most places?
Try walking along South Grove where one particular shrub virtually encroaches the whole of the pavement.
I could go on. Merrymans Lane. Etc.
Councillor - please let's go for a walk!
There remains a lamppost located on/in the footpath. It’s fairly modern and it’s difficult to understand how it ever was erected there.
Despite the Highways team cutting the hedge back at that point , the width of the path is just 1.04 metres of tarmac, that’s a skinny 41 inches . If the lamppost was moved on to the grass verge and a few metres up Ryleys Lane, wheelchair and push pram access could be possible.
Thank you for your invitation, which I will be delighted to accept. My next community surgery will be on Saturday 27th November, at Alderley Edge Library, between 10am and 11am. If you can come to the library for 11am I will be happy to take a ward walk with you and discuss some of the issues you have raised (although I should add that both Foden Lane and Merrymans Lane lie outside the Alderley Edge Ward Boundary).
The total budget for footway repairs across the whole of Cheshire East is just £1.14m in 2021/22, so there are always going to be more footways that are in need of repair than there is available funding. The list of those footpaths that have made it into this year's programme are published on the Council's website at: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/pdf/highways/highways-improvement-programme-2020-2021/highways-improvement-2021/latest-docs/footway-repair-programme-2021-2022.pdf
Unfortunately, I don't have access to the individual cost of each scheme, although you could probably obtain this through a Freedom of Information request if you wanted. What I can tell you is that there are 88 schemes on the list and £1.14m allocated to them, so dividing one figure by the other gives a rough average cost of £12,955 per scheme. Locally, Chorley Hall Lane, Devonshire Drive, Beaufort Close & Ryleys Lane have all made it onto this year's list.
With respect to overgrown hedges, the Parish Council published an article in the most recent newsletter, asking residents to make sure their hedges are not encroaching onto the footpath and it is apparent that a number of them have responded positively to this request. Cheshire East Highways also regularly write to householders asking them to make sure their boundaries are appropriately maintained.
I hope this helps and I look forward to meeting you on Saturday 27th November.
A clear width of 1.0m is the accepted norm in construction industry guidelines as being adequate width for both wheelchairs and push pram access. In some instances, 800mm is deemed acceptable. I, therefore, struggle to understand why you believe that wheelchair and push pram access isn't possible.
I approached the local Officers and asked if they could ease the situation; within a week or so, the pavements were cleared and the farmer/s who owned the hedges were served with an order to cut back the hedges; which they did.
If you put up a clear suggestion and ask nicely, you can get things done?
As for those paths outside the Parish boundaries, I presume Neil will have already requested the relevant Councillor’s assistance with these?