Council to investigate flooding trouble spot


Cheshire East Council has confirmed it will being investigating the flooding issue on Alderley Road this weekend, which occurs each time there is heavy rain.

The main road into Wilmslow was flooded again at the weekend, for the twelfth time since last July.

Alderley Road will be closed from Harden Park Roundabout to Fulshaw Cross Roundabout on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February from 8am to 5pm whilst Cheshire East Highways carries out a drainage investigation.

Pedestrian access to any premises situated within the temporary closure will be maintained at all times whilst cyclists will be required to dismount.

Alderley Road, Cheshire East Council, Road Closures


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

Jon Williams
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 2:05 pm
B B Time !
Debi Whitney
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 2:40 pm
Well clearing the drains out would be a good start, the two leading up to the roundabout are totally blocked, just like the one on the edge of Fulshaw Park South? They have been that way since a rare sighting of a CEC road sweeper appeared a few months back and all the dead leaves are now jammed into the grids!I walk that road twice a day as I work in Alderley Edge and last week had to resort to walking in the middle of the road where it was slightly less flooded, as the pavements and road were at least 4 inches under water and to avoid the careless drivers who still drove at speed!
Richard Kaberry
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 3:05 pm
Just to clarify - is the 'Harden Park roundabout' the same as the 'Whitehall Bridge roundabout'?
James MacDonald
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 4:07 pm
It’s only taken them several years of flooding in this area to wake up and smell the coffee.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 4:50 pm
It is encouraging to read of this long-overdue investigation.

Presumably those involved will have familiarised themselves with documents on the CEC Planning Website associated with Application 19/3420M, in particular the ROC Consulting Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Statement for Land East of the Royal London Campus; the Weetwood report of flood risk for the same site and the flood risk report for the proposed widening of Alderley Road and extension of the Whitehall Brook culvert?

Given that there have been increasingly frequent floods; where water cascades out of the Royal London site adjacent to the Whitehall Brook (rather than from the Brook itself) it may be worth revisiting the proposal to discharge surface water from the planned car parks on the RL site into "Watercourse A" the original course of the Brook, (which currently conveys water pumped from the by-pass) and into "Watercourse B" the new course of the Brook built to accommodate the construction of the by-pass). If not, presumably we can look forward to even more flooding?

Hopefully United Utilities and the Environment Agency will also be involved in the investigation.
Nick Jones
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 5:44 pm
These ‘Once every 200 year floods’ have now occurred 4 times in the past 10 months... It is now an accepted norm that Alderley Road, Whitehall Brook, A34 Alderley Edge , A555 Handforth and Poynton , Styal Road,… and more !! will flood ... That cant be acceptable... Wilmslow has no Flood defences, yet we are now engaged with the legacy failure from excessive building on greenbelt,and removing land from greenbelt protection... no attention to drainage and other infrastructure from development just creating more problems... with more development planned at R/L near this location and on the opposite side of the by-pass too.. just to frustrate matters more

Im sure the A34 A555 flood frequency would have been preventable with good design.. and once again the advice of experts and residents ignored..
Unravelling the mess is necessary before any new development is even considered.. IMO a CEC moratorium on any further development in these flood areas should be enforced .. 'everyone knows' but 'no one is listening' AGAIN !

Dr Marc Stutter,senior scientist James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, “Flooding… problems were worsened by the degradation and concreting over of natural buffers, such as soil and green spaces. Infiltration and places to slow, store and filter water need to be planned back into landscapes to add resilience to floodwalls; the alternative is we risk raising the walls every few years.”

Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh, head of coastal engineering and resilience Brunel University “ Non-structural solutions, such as managed retreat, sustainable drainage systems and public involvement, are vital….”

Long overdue
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 5:52 pm
#Richard Kaberry

Like you, I can only assume that this is referring to "Whitehall Bridge Roundabout", which is the title used on all of the roadside traffic signage approaching this junction
Raymond James Wallace
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 6:27 pm
The Cheshire East Council have been investigating the flooding outside my house on Macclesfield Road for the last 10 years, and have made no improvements whatsoever. They dig a little hole here, then a little hole there, the problem needs a trench however long, and a new length of much wider pipe to accommodate the amount of water these new weather patterns are bringing to our shores. I possibly could cope if the water didn’t surround my whole house and every time a car drives through the flood it makes waves which breaches the pavement then cascades down my path into my garage, and on many occasions been a couple of inches from entering my house.
Jon Williams
Thursday 20th February 2020 at 7:47 pm
Green belt land acts like a sponge, concrete it over with houses and look what happens