‘Dan­ger­ous’ pot­holes not bad enough says coun­cil

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ACYCLIST who reg­u­larly has to swerve to avoid pot­holes on a ma­jor road is fu­ri­ous af­ter be­ing told they were ‘not con­sid­ered a dan­ger to high­way users’.

David May­ers rides along Cumberland Street in Mac­cles­field to his job as a maths lec­turer at Mac­cles­field Col­lege.

Sick of veer­ing into the path of mo­torists to avoid deep and un­even crevices in the road, David used the ‘re­port a pot­hole’ fa­cil­ity on Cheshire East Coun­cil’s web­site.

But to David’s as­ton­ish­ment, in a re­ply sent two weeks later, the coun­cil said it had in­spected the area and found ‘no de­fects iden­ti­fied that were con­sid­ered to present a dan­ger to high­way users’.

David said: “The coun­cil’s re­sponse was unbe- liev­able. I was fu­ri­ous, as I reg­u­larly have to put my safety at risk, as well as that of other road users, by swerv­ing round the dam­aged sec­tions of road.

“This is a com­plete dere­lic­tion of duty on be­half of the coun­cil.

“We all know the roads in Mac­cles­field are get­ting worse all the time, and now we know why.

“Most peo­ple don’t bother to re­port pot­holes be­cause of ex­actly this sort of whitewash.

“Th­ese pot­holes present a mas­sive risk to cy­clists; and be­cause of the heavy traf­fic they are get­ting rapidly worse.

“There are plenty of other peo­ple who cy­cle out of ne­ces­sity on Cumberland Street; I am sure there would be many more if Cheshire East Coun­cil looked af­ter the roads prop­erly.”

The crit­i­cism comes only weeks af­ter the coun­cil an­nounced the Tour of Bri­tain cy­cling race is to take place on lo­cal roads in­clud­ing the Cat and Fid­dle A537 be­fore end­ing at Tat­ton Park.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said: “An in­spec­tion was car­ried out on Fe­bru­ary 27, fol­low­ing an en­quiry from a lo­cal res­i­dent.

“Some de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the road sur­face was ev­i­dent, but the scale and na­ture of the de­fect does not meet the in­ter­ven­tion level for re­pair.

“Cheshire East High­ways op­er­ates a ro­bust safety in­spec­tion regime and all adopted high­ways are in­spected in ac­cor­dance with stan­dards that meet na­tional best prac­tice.

“The coun­cil has made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the bor­ough’s high­ways net­work, re­sult­ing in a sub­stan­tial re­duc­tion in the num­ber of pot­holes.”

●● David May­ers shows the prob­lem for cy­clists on Cumberland Street

●● A pot­hole on Cumberland Street

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