More government cash for pothole repairs


Cheshire East Council is to benefit from more government funding to repair the borough's potholes and road defects.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the national Pothole Action Fund is increased to £100m and Cheshire East will now receive just over £1m, up by more than £300,000 on what it was allocated initially.

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment, said: "This is welcome news at a time when the council is faced with a real challenge in terms of meeting the demands for road repairs.

"That the secretary of state has increased the amount of funding for all authorities also demonstrates that the pothole problem is not peculiar to Cheshire East; that councils up and down the country are spending more money repairing roads.

"In Cheshire East, we are repairing, on average,150 road defects a day and have substantially increased the number of highways teams engaged in road repairs.

"We have to prioritise the urgent repairs we are currently carrying out but the additional money will enable us to do more permanent resurfacing work in the spring and summer months ahead."

Cheshire East Council recently increased the amount to be spent on the borough's roads to £7m in 2018/19.

Residents are encouraged to report potholes at: or call 0300 123 5020.

Cheshire East Council


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Gillian Slater
Monday 26th March 2018 at 8:59 pm
Well done. Will believe it when I see it
Martin Kitchin
Monday 26th March 2018 at 9:26 pm
Having bounced around Wilmslow for the past week, more is the pity the headline doesn't read

(All) government cash for (Wilmslow) pot hole repairs !

It could use every penny.

I tell you Don Stockton what the real challenge spine & my suspension.

Stop filling pot holes which disintegrate at the first sign of frost and spend more time on new tarnac.
Pete Taylor
Monday 26th March 2018 at 9:47 pm
Pay a million pounds a year less- you get less...

Those with enquiring minds will be able to see how many "extra" millions have been chucked at potholes in Cheshire East since. It's all on google, unfortunately for those seeking re-election.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 7:14 am
The Cabinet Member could possibly have informed the residents how to report pot holes in order to get them repaired.

I have found that reporting on Fix My Street produces good results.
Terry Roeves
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 8:33 am
Have been looking for filled in potholes in and around Wilmslow, to no avail. Must be one surely? Stealth tarmac?
David Pearce
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 8:47 am
Not before time! - let's hope the council now walk the walk with applying this extra funding & sometime soon I'll be able to cease referring to my cycle outings locally as potholing expeditions.
Jon Armstrong
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 12:48 pm
Terry - Dean Row Road had been extensively repaired.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 5:36 pm
Is that next to the fields which CEC Leader said would never be built upon?
Terry Roeves
Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 6:56 pm
Jon - thankyou for that. One small step ..... KR Terry
Gillian Slater
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 12:27 pm
When will Wilmslow centre and south Wilmslow be repaired ?
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 2:41 pm
This now, is a national disgrace,many holes are just covered with poor quality ,slurry ,which is soon holed again by HGV's.
And we are charged about £70 per hole.Bethel Lane ,Chapel Lane ,Mobberley Rd etc.repairs that didn't last
As there are so many holes on most roads now..My idea would be for the council workmen,(Bin men, gardeners,road sweepers etc. To be tasked to spray around these potholes,as a temporary measure, with the bright yellow paint,the Tarmacers use.At least then cyclists and motorists can see the holes,well in advance. I have hit so many holes and had Lycra louts cyclists, swaying out around so many holes,in front of me.A lot of this problem is caused by councils not cleaning gulleys and grids.This used to be a regular 3 monthly contract.Now it can be years.The rainwater cannot drain away,so freezes on the roads.The grids near me are totally blocked with leaves and other debris. Baz
Robert Bracegirdle
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 6:19 pm
Been round our way spraying white paint around holes reported and not round those a yard or two away from those that haven’t. Are the workers blind? Doesn't really matter as even the marked ones haven’t actually been done.

Just cost me over £200 for a tyre with a side cut caused by pot hole with sharp corners.

Have you also seen the filthy state of so called reflective traffic island signs? Invisible at night. Just back from visit to Leicestershire and they’re clean and washed there. Third world here.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 5:06 pm
Do remember peeps. The government does not have any money. It takes money from the populace or borrows on their behalf and then spends it supposedly on their behalf. It is your money.
John Leonard
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 5:06 pm
It's just not enough - how can the government claim to be running an efficient strong economy when they can't even figure out how to finance and maintain the road infrastructure which has deteriorated over 10 years???