There has been little effort to address the accumulating problems that have resulted in lack of Council maintenance. We seem more focused on the cosmetics and forgetful of the fundamentals.
Since the Victorian days towns had regular grid cleaning programmes with 6mth or yearly visits, usually after the Autumn road sweeping to clear fallen leaves from the grids. Now not only is earth choking the traps in the grids, but in some is level with the grid cover. This is senseless since silt is flushed into the sewers and any blocked sewer is an expensive operation to remedy. Who are these people in the Council that dare to ignore logical maintenance programmes?
To cover the whole of East Cheshire I am informed that only three grid cleaning teams exist. This is not enough to cover every road in each borough as many floods are caused by neglected drain blockages during downpours. Some grid covers have not been lifted in five years. The photographs were taken in Wilmslow centre on the A34 showing solid earth underneath fallen blossom. One section has not even been swept.
Our new Council members need to be 'a new brush sweeping clean' and remedy this disgrace before we find main roads dug up to clean out blocked sewers at enormous expense.