Local roads remain closed due to flooding

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A number of local roads remain closed today due to flooding overnight.

These include

  • A34 Wilmslow Bypass between Prestbury Road and Alderley Road
  • Station Road, Wilmslow
  • Cliff Road, Wilmslow
  • A538 Wilmslow Road in Mottram St Andrew between Withinlee Road and Priest Lane
  • Styal Road, Wilmslow at Twinnies Bridge

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "We're working to make these roads safe so that they can be reopened – please bear with us and plan your journey."

Additionally, the A555 Manchester Airport Relief Road is closed between Styal Road and Bramhall Oil Terminal in both directions due to flooding.

Photo: A34 just South of Wilmslow High School.

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David Carey
Thursday 9th December 2021 at 11:59 am
A sense of Deja Vu somewhat, took me over fifty minutes to come back from Cheadle Hulme this morning and in the end had to go half-way to Macclesfield before getting home.
The same place on the same roads each year, so what has been done?
Not to sure either the old 'Well we've had very excessive rain within a short period of time' will wash anymore as it happens every year.
At this rate never mind driving my car I may need to buy a boat.....
Sally Hirst
Thursday 9th December 2021 at 4:32 pm
Whitehall Brook bridge is where the flood from Wilmslow to Alderley happens. Why were drains to this stream not put in to solve this solution when the road was closed for so long?
Next to the flood I see there is a lake now where the industrial development is being constructed. Where will that water go?
The widened pavement is a dirty folly that cyclists don't use, that money should have resolved this annual flooding.
Jon Williams
Friday 10th December 2021 at 7:41 am
Sally:
As Craig had said------
Just to correct a slight misunderstanding or misinterpretation here; the £950,000 expended on the Wilmslow Cycle Way was a grant from the Dept for Transport, secured by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and passported to Cheshire East Council. The grant was part of the government's Active Travel Fund and the monies had to be spent in line with the terms and conditions of the grant, namely to implement the scheme and to encourage cycling and walking within the town.

No part of the grant either could be or was used to carry out drainage improvements; however, the Council did use the closure of Alderley Road to carry out some drainage improvements at the same time. For example, drainage kerbs were installed along this section of highway, which are designed to assist rainwater egress from the road surface and into Whitehall Brook below; however, this work was only intended as a partial solution, with Phase II to be delivered as part of the proposed re-development of the Royal London site.
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 10th December 2021 at 9:52 am
Too much greed and development, not maintaining infrastructure and bare maintenance of drains plus a hefty does of incompetence all combines to create the current messes.
My wife has lived in the village since her birth in 1931, this weather is NOT unprecedented... Gullies and roadside drains were scrupulously maintained in days gone by, by the fire brigade paid for by local rates. Paths and roads kept clear of vegetation and developers understood our local waterways and did not try and interfere. We have had rain like this before....it is not unusual, blaming man made climate change is a cheap excuse. We are told that weeds are beautiful and encourage "diversity" (no kidding,) that was the lame excuse I was given 3 years ago when I inquired about ragwort removal from verges. The same weeds choke the pavements, cause drains to fracture and do untold damage when left to fester so NO they are not beautuful. Look at the damage Japanese knotweed does and that too is now ignored by the Council. The constant development and huge excavation projects to erect vile McMansions continues apace despite pandemics and economic crashes (money laundering vehicles in some cases) but there is NO oversight and check ups on the developers, they let silt and cement runoff into the Highway drains . Highways contractors for their part compound these problems via incompetence and laziness. Ringway Jacobs put out tenders to the cheapest gangs who converge on the area from other regions, they do the job fast and disappear..many times last year I reported drains which had been actually tarmaced over, the CEC highways ream (because of lockdown) were not checking this bad work. The hill section of Trafford Road was one such example.
The developers and designers of the A55 should have been called to account for the mess they made. Pumps are perhaps installed but they are not maintained. Prevention and good maintenance are key abd now authorities merely react when things fail. Papering over cracks comes to mind
David Hadfield
Saturday 11th December 2021 at 4:14 pm
I entirely agree with Tony Haluradivth's sensible comments.
Why doesn't the Council work the way Tony suggests ?
We pay extortionate Council Taxes so why does the council behave so unprofessionally and half-baked ?
Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 11th December 2021 at 10:31 pm
You are too kind David. It is all about producing glossy cartoon brochures on saving the planet now in local councils. Perhaps they could just concentrate on the local mundane things which need maintenance and occasional oversight before they "go global" and link up with Greta. Sam Corcoran has delusions of grandeur and thinks he is a Northern Power House leader. We just want a little attention to detail coupled with good housekeeping (it's not too much to ask) .
A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours..Tony
Alan Brough
Saturday 11th December 2021 at 10:34 pm
I agree that Tony is “on the money” with his thoughts.

Whilst I accept that Climate Change is a real thing, I think that our Council are using it as an excuse for the fact that they haven’t emptied gullies, maintained drains, or generally kept up with supporting vital infrastructure.
Raymond James Wallace
Tuesday 14th December 2021 at 4:56 pm
I’ve been fighting Cheshire East for 13 years trying to get flooding outside my house solved, I provided 100’s of photos, emails, Notes, phone calls and videos, I’ve had senior management in my house to show them the evidence. The water completely surrounds my house, enters both garages, on many occasions I’ve been unable to leave the house to the depth of water. I’m 68 years of age, had Polio and Asthma all my life, and all they’ve managed to come up with was 8 bags of sand, I’m struggling to carry a bag of sugar at the moment so the sand bags are just useless. I worry if anything happens to me my wife wouldn’t be able to cope with the mess the flooding creates, I understand this is a my problem, but Macclesfield Road completely floods for about 100 yards between Davylands and the little Prestbury roundabout. The whole of Wilmslow is a shambles, Victorian drainage, it will never be able to cope with the amount of water now being dropped enhanced by Climate Change.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 14th December 2021 at 7:15 pm
Merry Christmas to you and your family Alan, I hope you are keeping well and may I say that your observations are absolutely spot on. Best Wishes Tony

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