Posted: 24.06.21 at 18:31 by Cllr Ashley Farrall
Councillor Ashley Farrall: Let's talk about everyone's favourite pet peeve, potholes and the general state of our roads.
This is something as a Councillor takes up far too much of my time.
The time I'd much rather spent among other things working with our local community groups, helping local businesses, working on post-COVID recovery and regeneration, working on plans to improve our town centre, public open spaces and our parks or as Armed Forces champion helping veterans with their needs such as finding accommodation.
After all, I wasn't elected to be a road inspector or engineer.
However, I go out and take pictures of roads, report them, re-report them, check them when Highways claim they're resolved, then re-re-report them again when they aren't or done have been done shoddily! Until they are done.
But did you know that Cheshire East highways maintenance isn't performed by the Council itself?
No, the Conservatives while in power, decided to privatise this service (in their infinite wisdom) and in 2018 gave an eye-watering 15 year contract to private firm Ringway Jacobs.
The best part is they get to inspect their work themselves, providing the Council with annual reports of their stats.
So unfortunately there isn't a great deal we can do to hold them to account other than to keep taking pictures and reporting, maybe the stats will show that Ringway Jacobs are not pulling their weight.
That said, it's not entirely Ringway Jacobs fault because we get a nice double whammy with the Government cutting Cheshire East highway's maintenance budget by 21% and because of this the Council can not afford to even maintain the roads in their current state, never mind to improve them overall.
Here are the figures
Department for Transport (DfT)
Percentage Change -21%
Council Investment top up
Percentage Change +76%
Percentage Change -17%
Ashley Farrall is a Labour Councillor, representing Macclesfield Central on Cheshire East Council. You can contact him here.
Did you know Cheshire East's potholes are filled by an Essex company? Do you agree with Ashley on the state of potholes in Macclesfield?
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