We know that our roads are increasingly congested. We also know the cost to companies when staff are stuck in traffic. Pricing jobs is a nightmare for transport companies when they simply don't know how long any journey will take.
A lengthy road closure can wreck the business of cafes and restaurants reliant on passing trade and cause untold inconvenience for local residents. The added risk of road works to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians is clear for all to see.
Carrying out work on or beneath our roads efficiently and quickly is paramount to commerce, commuters and residents. It's a responsibility any developed economy takes seriously. Sadly (for us) Cheshire East accept no such responsibility.
I took the above picture at 4-30 pm on Thursday April 21, which was a beautiful clear cloudless day. This is Buxton Old Road in Macclesfield closed 29 days for repair works of an unspecified nature. Sunset was 8-20 pm giving a further four hours of daylight to push ahead with the work at hand.
There wasn't a single person at work. The entire project was completely abandoned. The welfare of pedestrians, residents and local commerce was of no consequence. No sense of urgency whatsoever.
Who is supposed to be monitoring this major upheaval? While CEC are busy losing reams of our money launching ill-conceived business ventures the basics of running a council are openly neglected.
Look, I do not want to be unfair to our beloved council so here's what we will do. This summer check every road works and road closure in your area in daylight hours. Take a photo and send it to me with the time and level of activity.
Let's see precisely how CEC manage our streets and roads. Maybe the results will surprise us. Perhaps the above is a one-off rather than ongoing neglect.
Either way I promise to publish the findings. Given the enormous consequences to businesses and residents these works need to be monitored and managed. We pay Cheshire East to do just that.
Standing on the sidelines with a litany of excuses isn't good enough. We already know how easily CEC cave in to developers and big business. If they cannot manage our roads there is very little left for them to supervise.
What's going to happen when all the new houses are built and the predicted population explosion kicks in? The cost of allowing utility companies to dig up roads and manage themselves is not borne by them but by local businesses and taxpayers.
Okay, enough said. Let's do our bit. You take the pictures, send them to me and I'll publish the results. If my comments are unfair we shall soon find out.
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