Problem potholes fixed hours after council said they were not a danger
COUNCIL chiefs have fixed a set of potholes – a day after saying they were not ‘dangerous’.
Cheshire East Council were alerted to a series of deep and uneven crevices on Cumberland Street, Macclesfield, by cyclist David Mayers.
But, as we reported in last week’s Express, he was left astonished when the council responded by saying it had inspected the area and found ‘no defects were considered to present a danger to highway users’.
Even when the dispute was raised by the Express, the council maintained no repair was necessary.
But less than a day after the story appeared in the paper, highways staff had repaired two of the problem potholes.
When the Express asked the council to explain the apparent change of heart, it said the repairs were part of a planned schedule of works.
David, a maths lecturer at Macclesfield College, has hailed the work as a victory for common sense.
He said: “In terms of the council’s claim the repairs were scheduled – words fail me – but I suppose we should be fair and give praise where praise is due.
“Within hours of the paper appearing they had done the repair. But there are plenty more potholes close by which have not been repaired, and many others even worse around the town, all contributing to danger for cyclists and other road users and deterring cyclists from using the roads, getting exercise and reducing the amount of car traffic in the town.
“I would encourage cyclists and all road-users to report regularly all potholes on the ‘report a pothole’ section of the council website.”
The story in last week’s paper prompted a debate on the Express Facebook page, with plenty of other
●● One of the repairs to potholes, which the council says was ‘part of scheduled works’