I am calling for action to prevent speeding in Rope Lane, Rope. A recent survey showed over 40% of vehicles were speeding and this is totally unacceptable, as well as being dangerous. Rope Lane is one of the main routes from Shavington to Crewe and to the Shavington High School. It is very narrow in parts and in places there is no footpath. The Borough Council want to erect a Pelican Crossing in Rope Lane, near to the junction with Bankfield Avenue, to assist school children and residents to cross this busy and dangerous road. Students at the High School are so concerned about highway safety that they have started a campaign to have the crossing introduced as a matter of urgency. I am pursuing this issue with the Highways Department and the Police. I am calling for the crossing to be put in place and for more signs and road markings to show the speed limit. I have called on the Police to carry out speed checks at the busy time in the morning and afternoon/evening. Those that speed should be apprehended and fined to deter further speeding. I also call on all motorists to keep their speed down so we can we can keep the road casualties down.
I welcome the news that two of the main roads through Willaston are to be resurfaced. Along with the Parish Council I have been campaigning for Wistaston Road and Wybunbury Road to be resurfaced for some time. They are two of the main routes through the village and are heavily used. As a consequence there are many potholes and much damage to the roads, so the sooner the resurfacing is done the better. The roads are to be micro asphalted. Micro Asphalt surfacing is the application of a 25mm thick bitumen slurry over the existing surface to provide a new running surface. It is designed to reseal the existing road surface, fill in the cracks and level out any divots to produce a smoother ride. It is used mainly in the more populated areas of the Borough, any removed lines are replaced within days of application. Laying the material is very weather dependent and is only applied in the dryer months.
According to the Cheshire East Council’s web site the current maintenance backlog is put at £88million for roads and £22 million on footways. Based on current funding levels roads in Cheshire East can only be expected to be renewed every 122 years and footpaths every 277 years. This is obviously totally unacceptable and is also short sighted because over the last two years the Council paid out £141,000 in compensation because they failed to fill pot holes, as they are required to do. UKIP Councillors are pressing for more to be spent on our roads and footways. We could do with a few less failed grandiose plans in Cheshire East and instead the money saved being used to fill in the ever increasing number of potholes.
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
11 Rimsdale Close
Tel/fax 01270 567757