£500,000 cash boost for road repairs

Resurfacing Goostrey

Cheshire East Council has received the maximum capital funding allocation from central government for highway repairs and flood resilience across the borough.

An allocation of £533,171 has been awarded, earlier than expected, which will enable the council to increase its capital investment programme for road improvements for the 2019-20 financial year.

The money is allocated from the £50m pothole and flood resilience action fund, distributed by the Department for Transport, to highways authorities throughout the country.

The funding will also enable the council to address further issues relating to flooding of highways and footways.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director of place, said: "This funding is to be welcomed at a time when the spring and summer seasons present the most suitable conditions for our highways service to carry out road surface repairs.

"The council's focus will be on structural maintenance and preventative treatments. This will enable us to do more permanent resurfacing work where that scale of work is most needed.

"Following this funding allocation, our programme of highways works for 2019-20 will now be updated and full details will be published on the council's website."

Cheshire East Council


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

Helen Culwick
Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 7:04 pm
Please, please can Cedar Way be on the list?
Jonathan Cundall
Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 8:04 pm
I’m pretty sure that part of Fulshaw Park is private road so any repairs would fall to the residents.
Damian Carr
Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 9:00 am
No surprise that this has been released just after the Local Elections candidates have been confirmed.

Tory Government are worried that their Councillors will lose control of Cheshire East and Wilmslow knowing they've failed the area as much as they've failed us Nationally.

I'll believe it once I see the roads repaired, - I still remember money promised on the side of a bus to the NHS!

One of the reasons I'm standing for the first time is that I'm sick of poor traffic planning and badly managed roadworks, plus the added expenditure on repairs to my car due to potholes! When I speak to family, friends and neighbours they share this frustration.

Expect more of these stories in the next few weeks leading up to the May elections.
Anthony Round
Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 12:29 pm
Cedarway IS a Council adopted road and it would be better if people would not make assumptions that are incorrect.
Our road surface is now in a dire state and is in need of major resurfacing. It is now in a dangerous state and the Council should be thoroughly ashamed to treat its Council tax paying residents so shabbily.
Manuel Golding
Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 6:39 pm
Jonathan Cundall - ONLY Fulshaw Park (road) is a private road, the new roads off FP & FPS, like Cedar Way, are "Adopted" by the local authority which has persistently refused to do anything about the appalling condition of Cedar Way. RoW & our WTC councillor, David Jefferay, has tried but it is almost like talking to a tarmacadamed ear.The former CEC councillor, Rod Menlove, was ineffective here.
Hopefully, when RoWs David Jefferay is elected on 2nd May he will endevour to obtain resurfacing for the Cedar Way residents.
David Jefferay
Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 10:24 pm
Cedar Way would definitely be on my to-do list IF (I need people to vote for me) I am elected.
I discussed it with a Cedar Way resident when I was canvassing 4 years ago and again a few months ago with a different resident when RoW had a stall at the artisan market. As town councillor, I've not been able to do anything though as it's outside of wtc's remit.
Marianne Martyn
Thursday 11th April 2019 at 8:23 am
Driving down Cedar Way some years ago I was concerned about the tyres and suspension of my car and I feel sorry for the residents or anybody who has to use Cedar Way to get to their homes. The roads on council estates are in a better state! 17 years ago the residents of two unadopted roads (The Meade and Park Avenue where I live) paid for the resurfacing of our roads and they still are perfect even though there has been a lot of major building work including three new builds, especially on Park Avenue. Interestingly the council would not adopt our roads on the basis that the work had not been carried out to their standard!!! This makes me laugh. Whenever any work had to be done by utilities companies we insisted that it was carried out to OUR standard.
By the way, all residents (bar 1) paid £1,000 each for the work irrespective of their frontage, based on the majority of damage to roads being done by the refuse trucks which come to every house. I am glad now that our roads have not been adopted!
Jonathan Cundall
Thursday 11th April 2019 at 5:48 pm
Thanks for the clarification. I (wrongly) assumed given the state of the roads around flushes park that they were all unadapted. I do hope this gets fixed.
Anthony Round
Thursday 11th April 2019 at 8:07 pm
Thanks Jonathan.
Buster Wild
Sunday 14th April 2019 at 12:03 pm
The Cheshire East Council are to receive over half a million pounds !!!
Who is going to look after this money ???
Manuel Golding
Monday 15th April 2019 at 9:16 am
Buster, that is a VERY good & pertinent question, especially as both CEC's History & Financial departments give rise to great unease.
Trust Private Eyes's Rotten Boroughs column keeps a watchful eye on "forthcoming events".
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 4:23 pm
And guess who gets the resurfaced pavement today? Esther McVey! One small stretch of pavement on Chapel Lane outside Esther’s office. Nice to know that CEC has their priorities right.
Angela McPake
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 8:12 pm
The pavement resurfacing was undertaken a few weeks ago. It was organised by Cllr Ellie Brooks at the request of several local residents and Julie Dawn Potts who lobbied on behalf of the Chapel Lane Business Group.
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 9:08 pm
Thanks for straightening that up. Most residents would assume the local Tory councillor was prioritising repairs outside the Tory MPs office. Cllr Brooks probably did not know Esther’s office is on Chapel Lane. It’s all perfectly innocent.
Mark Goldsmith
Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 10:14 pm
Is that the same Julie Dawn Potts who is now a Conservative candidate in the elections?
Pete Taylor
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 7:08 am
This is looking like yet another CEC PR disaster!
Roger Bagguley
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 8:08 am
All very interesting comments on CEC resurfacing our pavements but the main issue is not picked up. After 50 years of neglect a very cheap coating of asphalt has been laid. It looks good for a while then fades and the surface begins to follow the contours of the original foundation. Then, one might ask, when is it likely work people will return to re-align the kerb stones? Not holding my breath on this one.
Angela McPake
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 10:23 am
Oliver and Mark- are you actually trying to politically point score over improvements that benefit residents in the ward you are hoping to represent after the election?
I would have thought you would have welcomed any improvement for residents.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 10:43 am
This is like a lost episode of The Boys From the Blackstuff (a TV drama involving scousers and tarmac; set in derelict Liverpool at a time when the Thatcher Conservative government was in deep crisis; there were fires and riots in several major cities, the nation was divided).

The setting in 2019 is outside the Conservative MP's constituency office.

The cast: unknown "local residents", a Conservative Cheshire East Councillor, a Conservative Town Councillor and a prospective Conservative candidate.

The plot: a short section of the footpath outside the constituency office gets new tarmac; much of the rest of Moor Lane pavement is left with poor utility re-instatements, uneven surfaces and holes. The nation is divided.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 12:29 pm
Angela is this for the constituents benefit of for Esther’s though?

I have had many doorstep conversations recently from residents in this area who tell me Cheshire East has ignored their requests for years to do road improvements on their street.

Obviously, I can now tell them they just need to get their local MP to move next door for it to get done.
Nick Jones
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 2:00 pm
Looks like another CEC Private Eye - 'Rotten Borough's' moment in the making !!..
how many appearances is that recently 23 / 24 ?? .. must be a record .. Is there an 'Eye-award' they are after ?
Manuel Golding
Thursday 18th April 2019 at 6:22 pm
I will not travel down the "badly needed road repairs" game but why has Chapel Lane been shown favouritism when there are so many roads locally that are in desperate need of tarmacadam?
For example, Cedar Way; this road has been consistently ignored by the Highways management for at least 25 years, despite the residents pleading for overdue repairs and with the then Borough councillor equally ignoring his now lost voters pleas.
Hopefully a change of council control after the 2nd May will bring some long overdue relief to Cedar Way's residents. And for others who may have suffered the same level of council concern!
Martin Theobald
Friday 19th April 2019 at 1:38 pm
For those of who may not be aware, Cllr McPake is also a member of Ms McVeys staff (Ref: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsecret/staff-04.htm) and is listed here http://www.mcrua.org.uk/chairmansblog/2017/09/05/mcrua-meets-rail-minister/ as 'Tatton Constituency Secretary'.
Tony Hughes
Friday 19th April 2019 at 10:40 pm
Martin, what is your point?
Martin Theobald
Saturday 20th April 2019 at 9:40 am
Hmm, a question from Mr Hughes, who if I am not mistaken is the husband of Cllr McPake.
Richard Armstead
Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 8:38 am
All seems a bit bitchy. These monies are an allocation from central government based on a CEC submission. Let us see what influence the WTC and CEC councillors for Wilmslow can bring to bear on the updated 2019-2020 programme of works for highways referred to by Frank Jordan. What actions are in hand by local councillors to ensure that Wilmslow gets it's fair share of this revised budget and that the programme for Wilmslow is prioritised based upon local needs not what CEC thinks Wilmslow needs? What is the plan and who is driving it?