Supermarket car park is filling up

As many shoppers will know there has been an ongoing problem with flooding in the Sainsbury's car park in Wilmslow, making it difficult to navigate every time it rains heavily.

We are regularly contacted by readers about the issue and have been sent a selection of photos of the flooding which occurred on at least two days this week.

The car park is operated by Cheshire East Council and at the time of publication we are awaiting a comment from them about the problem and what is being done to resolve it.

A spokesperson from Sainsbury's told "We're aware of this issue and working with the council to resolve it as quickly as possible."

Car Park, Cheshire East Council, Sainsburys


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

Richard Bullock
Saturday 30th December 2017 at 11:14 am
There was a Dyno-Rod van there late yesterday evening. Not sure if that's fixed it or just temporarily dealt with it
Saturday 30th December 2017 at 12:18 pm
How many times has this area been flooded and people been out to it to try and solve the problem? Cheshire East really does need to look at all drainage in the area. Varden Bridge flooded the other day too, and I dread to think what it will be like on Browns Lane, Cross Lane and Dean Row Road once all the houses there are given planning permission too.
Ryan Dance
Saturday 30th December 2017 at 3:20 pm
Merry Xmas Jackie.

Never one to miss an opportunity to veer onto your favourite subject.... !
Paul Green
Saturday 30th December 2017 at 8:59 pm
On parking matters, management of the parking in the multi-storey at Waitrose has been taken over by Euro Car Parks and a new limit of 90 minutes has been set, whether shopping or not, and £60 fines will be issued, by post, for offenders using DVLA details from vehicle registration recognition cameras on entrance and exit.
Jonathan Follows
Sunday 31st December 2017 at 12:14 pm
On Waitrose, be aware that Euro Car Parks use scare tactics to get their money and have only gone to court 3 times in the last three years to attempt to enforce payment further. See for good advice for anyone receiving one of their invoices for payment.

It's a shame that Waitrose feel the need to engage these parasites to enforce their parking regulations, but it didn't seem as if they really wanted to do the job themselves in the past.
David Pearce
Sunday 31st December 2017 at 1:29 pm
As this many time repeated drainage defect has become so well established over such a prolonged period perhaps Sainsbury's could established some part time moorings in the cycle park zone for passing 'punters' or extol, with some publicity, the virtues of a free wheel cleaning service for visiting customers.
Monday 1st January 2018 at 10:37 am
David, - be careful what you wish for. Nearby developers will adverise the site as "with access to a pond" and that a "Wilmslow Regatta will become a fixture in the Cheshire life calendar".
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 7:16 pm
Some history here:

What were the results of the surveys CEC were having done?

There was a promise by the Ward Councillor to follow up.


Lisa, did CEC get back to you re this latest inundation?
Barbara Scott
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10:49 pm
I retired from Sainsburys, worked on the customer service desk 11 years ago, I cannot remember the number of times I rang the council. They always came to inspect it after it stopped raining, and two or three days later after the water had drained away. There response was there's nothing wrong with the drains.
David Nelson
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 9:38 am
Re Waitrose:. I have a sneaking suspicion that many years ago, the land on which this store and car park stands, was bequeathed to the people of Wilmslow. Anyone remember this? Or anyone know if some organisation took it from us? Just a thought.
Julie Dawn Potts
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 1:29 pm
Sadly CE were happy to pay for expensive new parking meters first before sorting out their consistently flooded car park which certainly does nothing to encourage shoppers to this part of town! Paying Parking charges for a constantly flooded car park doesn’t seem right to me!
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 4th January 2018 at 1:43 pm
No standing water there now so all is good again.
David Smith
Saturday 6th January 2018 at 11:17 am
The council is useless in the way it deals with events like this. It waits until there is a problem and then dithers over dealing with it. Probably because many of the services to deal with it are contracted out to "save money" - but in the end COST more than keeping the service "in house" So nothing gets done because it cannot be afforded. I reported this flooding years ago but nothing happens. Doesn't the car park take enough in parking charges to pay for the upkeep? There are many local roads with poor drainage. They usually happen in the autumn/winter after the leaves have gone into the drains and blocked them up. Perhaps knowing these prone areas and clearing leaves at an appropriate time would help. Please note that a solution would NOT be to remove the trees that make the leaves. We need to plant more trees - especially when one is removed for a valid reason.
Ann Mellor
Friday 12th January 2018 at 2:09 pm
Take care when there is black ice. I slipped over in Sainsbury’s car park at the beginning of December, my feet went first, I fell back, hit my head & have been treated for whiplash. My neck is still not right. I contacted the council ; no reply. I contacted a councillor who said Cheshire East had assured her it had been gritted. No way that had been done.
Dave Cash
Saturday 13th January 2018 at 2:51 am
I saw a mini gritter treating that car park at least once in Dec when freezing conditions were expected, but no gritting can treat under parked cars where pedestrians can frequent, or prevent black ice formation, even on major roads.