Reader's Letter: A34 problem path - Update

Last November, I wrote to express my frustration about the condition of the shared use path on the A34 opposite Alderley Park South Entrance.

Until January this year, The Highways Department at Cheshire East Council continued to deny that it was dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to use the very narrow strip of pavement whilst vehicles whizzed past close alongside, travelling legally at a speed of up to 50mph.

Since June 2021, I had been requesting that the overgrown hedge and matted ground vegetation be cleared so that the whole width of the path was available to use.

I am pleased to report that the ground vegetation was cleared last week by CEC staff, thanks to the intervention of Councillor Chris Hilliard who is Walking and Cycling Champion on the Council. A few hours finishing the job with my secateurs has finally made the path usable.

Helen Battilana

Reader's Letter


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

Terence Burgess
Thursday 29th February 2024 at 1:21 pm
Hi Helen,
I'm pleased that this issue has been addressed after such a long time.
When decent photographic evidence has been provided that shows how dangerous this could be, that should have triggered a positive response.
Instead someone/some people sat in an office probably in Crewe have just looked on their computer and made a decision based on what information they had available.
Richard Mason
Thursday 29th February 2024 at 1:46 pm
It seems like Chris Hilliard has managed to resolve quite a few problems in Wilmslow since becoming elected less than a year ago. I wonder what the councillors responsible for this were doing between June 2021 and last May? Keep up the good work.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 29th February 2024 at 2:22 pm
Well done, but I don't think one could ride a bicycle along it, with that vegetation growth. Even a pedestrian would need to walk near the roadside edge of the path unless they are of very short stature.
Jon Williams
Friday 1st March 2024 at 8:28 am
Is the path in the photo's a "shared" path ? because if it is, it's NOT safe !
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 6th March 2024 at 3:49 pm
Thank you Helen, not only for pursuing this but also your own work in the past of clearing A555 cycleway of overhanging branches and vegetation..

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