Reader's Letter: Is this Wilmslow’s worst maintained street?

When it comes to road maintenance, Cheshire East and Wilmslow may not have the best record in the country. However, Cedarway in Fulshaw Park, must surely be one of the poorest examples of upkeep in the area. The road was built in the mid 1960s along with the development of houses on land previously owned by the few large homes of the park. And judging by the appalling state of the tarmac, it probably hasn't been resurfaced since.

Despite residents' requests to have the road repaired and a few patches added, it remains in a dangerous condition, with extensive pot-holing, areas of loose stones and raised iron-works. The area which gets the most traffic is all but completely disintegrated, leaving drain grates and covers standing perilously proud of the road level in many places.

Cycling on the uneven surface poses a hazard, not to mention the vigorous bone-shaking that a rider receives when braving the rough, uneven surface. At local child received a knee injury last year, after his bicycle skidded on the loose stones causing him to fall.

With just nine houses on it, this quiet residential cul-de-sac isn't the most frequented in the town, and when Cedarway was in 2013 included in lists of roads to be resurfaced, residents who live elsewhere objected to it being given priority. Yet four years on, with the work postponed or cancelled, the state of the surface has deteriorated further.

The Cheshire East website states that its two jet patching repair teams can address 1500 potholes a week and that surface dressing can be done in 1-2 days. After sixty years, surely they could manage to schedule in the necessary repair to make safe this short stretch of road.

Reader's Letter


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

Pete Taylor
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 12:41 pm
Helen, have you reported it on Fix my Street

I've found that you get more action by this route than by reporting direct to CEC's contracted-out Highways.
Helen Culwick
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 12:00 pm
Thanks Pete, I have added it on there.
Richard Burgess
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 3:07 pm
If you think this road is rough,
You want to drive from the blue bell traffic lights on the old a34 past the wilmslow garden centre past the Porsche show room up the hill into Handforth this hole stretch of road needs to be resurfaced
Sandra Cox
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 4:35 pm
Drive along Adlington Road from the Unicorn roundabout towards Wilmslow past the Chapel where there is large hole, round the bend where the road dips dangerously and just past Hollies Lane where there was a hole and twice it was repaired unsuccessfully so now the road sinks like a funfair ride. In fact the only part of Adlington Road that is as our roads should be is the area around the entrance to Jones' Bollin Park. That has been resurfaced very well. No surprises there then!!
Barbara Scott
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 7:53 pm
Pavement on New Steet needs resurfacing. Told it gets inspected six monthly, asked if who ever does that job, does he wear dark glasses and use a white walking stick. Not PC, but Cheshire East are useless.
Pat Langan
Friday 29th December 2017 at 1:08 pm
I agree that Wilmslow Road/Manchester Road has been in a very bad state for a long time.
David Hoyle
Friday 29th December 2017 at 2:06 pm
Knutsford Road/Brook Lane horrendous potholes.
Pete Taylor
Friday 29th December 2017 at 11:08 pm
And, yet again, not a word from our CEC Ward Councillors.... are they sleep-walking into oblivion? Personally, I don't blame them; they have been so totally useless that it is better to just keep their heads down, pick up their expenses until the next elections and then fade away.
Estelle Lewis
Monday 1st January 2018 at 6:45 pm
Dean Row Road takes some beating for bone-shaking! The stretch of road in front of the Villas is riddled with huge potholes. I drive over in a car but I pity anyone on a bike
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 7:54 am
The things they say:

"Cheshire East Council will receive a £54.5m government funding package for highway improvements and repairing potholes over the next six years.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a record £6bn to be spent on tackling potholes across the country between 2015 and 2021."
Jerry Dixon
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 3:02 pm
The recent bout of slightly frosty weather has produced another rash of potholes. I cycled approx 20 miles a couple of days ago and this mode of transport give you a proper impression of how shocking our roads are. In places the roads are nothing short of dangerous for cyclists, particularly with motorists weaving through the pothole chicanes. I've seen better roads in 3rd world countries. Forget patching, large stretches of road in our area need entirely resurfacing .
Buster Wild
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 6:21 pm
The B5085 Wilmslow to Knutsford takes some beating for deep wide potholes. A real shock-absorber killer. Claim off the council for burst tyres wrecked suspension etc.