Prob­lem pot­holes fixed hours af­ter coun­cil said they were not a dan­ger

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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’

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