Reader's Letter: Great Warford residents marooned

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Great Warford Residents Group have complained to Cheshire East about the planned closure, for seven days, of Knutsford Road at Chorley.

Residents normal route into Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and beyond is via the Chelford Road which is already closed and will be for a number of weeks.

Currently residents have to detour via Knutsford Road, however with this route also closed there are few alternatives.

Cheshire East have been asked to postpone the roadworks on Knutsford road until Chelford Road reopens.

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Richard Downs
Sunday 30th October 2022 at 11:52 am
I raised this a week ago to both Craig Brown and Cheshire East via Twitter.
https://twitter.com/richarddowns/status/1584138592032477185?s=46&t=Tjw5oaHEU25nuzLpeysdWQ
Peter Vickers
Monday 31st October 2022 at 9:01 am
I totally agree with Donald that it’s quite unacceptable that we should be virtually cut off from accessing Alderley and Wilmslow because of these roadworks.Doesn’t anyone at Cheshire East council have any common sense to realise that two arterial roads closed at the same time is going to cause carnage?
Craig Browne
Monday 31st October 2022 at 3:25 pm
Dear all,

I have raised this issue with officers, for a formal response; however, for future reference, similar issues should be raised with the relevant Ward Councillor in the first instance (recognising that Great Warford is not within Alderley Edge).

Alternatively, residents of other outlying areas are advised to use the formal online reporting process, which can be found using the following weblink: https://form.cheshireeast.gov.uk/AchieveForms/?mode=fill&consentMessage=yes&form_uri=sandbox-publish://AF-Process-8e49974a-a84f-4625-8ef7-d0df068082c6/AF-Stage-61cb50b1-5bb0-474c-a2c2-490c880a9227/definition.json&process=1&process_uri=sandbox-processes://AF-Process-8e49974a-a84f-4625-8ef7-d0df068082c6&process_id=AF-Process-8e49974a-a84f-4625-8ef7-d0df068082c6

The Council’s social media accounts should not be used for the purpose of reporting issues, making complaints or responding to consultations, as these are not continuously monitored and posts, tweets etc are not formally recorded. I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Craig
Alan Brough
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 7:15 am
Hi Craig,

I guess that the point Donald is making is about coordination of works so that all available routes are not closed simultaneously (as is the case at the moment.) Add in the closure of Altrincham Road in Wilmslow and there is chaos on local roads at the moment.

Complaining to our Ward Councillors after the event does little to ease the frustration that these works were allowed to go ahead in unison, with (seemingly) little thought for the needs of local residents.
Charley Jennings
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 7:17 am
@ Craig Browne

Having worked in different Local Authorities across the country (not Cheshire East I add). I acknowledge - as proud as I am of some of the services offered - sometimes we get it wrong. Making a complaint is not easy, as your above response shows. Let's not 'fuss' which Parish Council or which social media channel it comes through, the point of these channels is to raise awareness of the issues, let's just deal with it and fix it. And, I do not mean using the classic 'finding a reason why we were right', with a small one line apologising for any inconvenience caused.

I live on the part of Mobberley Road that is closed (still Alderley Edge according to my postal address). We are now Wednesday and no work carried out so far, so not too urgent? The road signs notifying the road would be closed, were incorrectly placed you could not tell if it was the main road or a side road off it. The diversion signs are in the main non existent along the route, and taking out two busy access roads and leaving Foden Lane as the alternative is not the answer. The work due to be carried out is in a space of less than 50 metres. Having managed to set up several sets of temporary one way traffic lights on Mobberley Road over the last couple of months surely CE could have managed one more set and kept the road open? In the main the barriers and signs are now being ignored and everyone is driving through them. Either the CCTV Company are going to get very rich or you are going to be inundated with appeals, or as we all suspect there are no cameras it is a scare tactic!

I rarely comment, but look forward to reading on this site, not a response as to why my comment is wrong, but why these two roads were closed at the same time and how CE will ensure it doesn't happen again.
Donald Strathdee
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 10:17 am
Wonderful, so now Sossmoss Lane is closed as well.

Is this some though of conspiracy or just CE incompetence
Andy Brown
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 1:34 pm
The council planning department is a bit of an oxymoron as you are all finding out.
Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 2:18 pm
I have just received notification that road closure on Chelford Road, Chorley has been extended until Friday 9th December.
Craig Browne
Thursday 3rd November 2022 at 3:07 pm
Dear all,

By way of a further update, I understand that the reason for the extended closure is that there have been engineering difficulties found on site that will take additional time to complete. To try and minimise this, Cheshire East Highways are looking to bring in additional resources for the job, enabling work to continue over the course of the weekend.

The initial works involved taking down the northern headwall (including 0.6m of the arch) and rebuilding, repointing the southern headwall and entire arch barrel. As the headwall has been dismantled, more of the arch has fallen away. This has resulted in the scale of arch formwork and arch rebuild being more extensive than previously envisaged.

I have been given assurances that the works on Knutsford Road will be complete by 4pm tomorrow (4th November).

Kind regards,
Craig

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