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From GRAHAM, the Principal Contractor working on behalf of Cheshire East Council to deliver the Congleton Link Road Project:

Please note below, an update on the road closures/diversions for your information.

ROAD CLOSURE  - Giantswood Lane, Between Westlow Mere and Smithy Lane, Hulme Walfield

The closure will enable the completion of the concrete works to the new structure, carrying out essential utility diversions and resurfacing the realigned carriageway across the bridge.

 Started – 21st February 2020
Planned Completion – 9th April 2020

TEMPORARY 3-WAY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Chelford Road Temporary Carriageway, Between Black Firs Lane and Back Lane, Somerford  

Temporary traffic lights will be in place to enable drainage works to be carried out.

Planned Start Date – 27th February 2020
Planned Completion Date – 28th February 2020

TEMPORARY TWO 2-WAY CARRIAGEWAY – Chelford Road, Between Black Firs Lane and Back Lane, Somerford

To enable the construction of the Chelford Road structure and divert existing services, traffic has been diverted onto a temporary 2-way carriageway.

Temporary Speed Limit – The speed limit has been reduced from national speed limit to 10mph through the works area. The reduction is necessary due to the alignment of the temporary carriageway and interface of construction traffic accessing to and from the works site.

Started – 9th July 2019
For the duration of the Chelford Road overbridge construction

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford  

Temporary traffic lights will be in place to enable service diversion works and plant crossing Holmes Chapel Road.

Started – 19th February 2020
Planned Completion Date – Late April 2020

ROAD CLOSURE  - Sandy Lane, Between A54 Holmes Chapel Road and A534 Sandbach Road, Somerford

The closure will enable us to access the adjacent land to carry out earthworks, divert drainage and construct the Sandbach Road and Holmes Chapel Road roundabouts. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the route again from Easter 2020.

Started – 28th May 2019
Planned Completion – April 2020

ROAD CLOSURE – Back Lane (West), Somerford

The closure will enable the construction of Back Lane (West) including the new roundabout, There is no access to through traffic along this section of Back Lane, with access to the playing fields been maintained via Holmes Chapel Road. Access to properties on Back Lane is been maintained via Chelford Road.

Started – 2nd September 2019
Planned Completion – Late 2020

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS – Macclesfield Road, Eaton

Temporary traffic lights will be in place to enable service diversions and road foundation works to be carried out.

Started –  17th February 2020
Planned Completion – Late June 2020

If you have any questions regarding the information enclosed, please contact us via congletonlink@graham.co.uk

For more information or to keep up-to date with the project, please visit: www.graham.co.uk/congleton-link-road

We've received Cheshire East’s proposals for the mitigation measures for Wallhill Lane & Brownlow Heath Lane.  They are contained in two maps and some explanatory notes, as follows:

These will be discussed at the parish council meeting (item 3 on the agenda) in the village hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday 12 February — see the meeting agendas web page.

From GRAHAM, the Principal Contractor working on behalf of Cheshire East Council to deliver the Congleton Link Road Project:

The main steel girders for the largest bridge along the £90m Congleton Link Road were lifted in place during December.

It marked the latest milestone in GRAHAM's work to construct the 5.7km link road. The steel girders span 87m over the River Dane – the largest of four road bridge crossings as part of the route. The largest mobile crane in Europe was used to lift the girders into place, the heaviest load of which weighed 135-tonnes.

The bridge beams have been fabricated using weathering steel to reduce maintenance requirements in the future.

Please find below a time-lapse video of the bridge beam lift.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPYUpS1qMWE&t=4s

If you have any questions regarding the information enclosed, please contact us via congletonlink@graham.co.uk

For more information or to keep up-to date with the project, please visit: www.graham.co.uk/congleton-link-road

 

Are you a dog lover with experience in animal welfare?

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is currently on the lookout for volunteers to help him ensure police dogs are being treated correctly.

You will make monthly unannounced visits to kennels to observe, comment and report on the conditions in which Cheshire Constabulary’s dogs are housed.

You’ll also have the chance to view dog training sessions and accompany dog handlers and their canine companions out on patrol across Cheshire and North Wales.

It’s part of PCC David Keane’s Police Dog Welfare Scheme which is run through an alliance between Cheshire Constabulary and North Wales Police.

The scheme aims to maintain standards and ensure that training procedures are ethical, humane, transparent and accountable.

For more information or to find out how to apply to become a Police Dog Welfare Visitor in Cheshire please contact Sarah Tilling in the Commissioner’s office, either by calling 01606 364000 or emailing: pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

As you may be aware, Cheshire East Council is currently undertaking a Community Governance Review. The council is responsible for the governance and electoral arrangements for the town and parish councils, which cover the whole borough. This review will include:

  • Town and parish boundaries;
  • Numbers of town and parish councillors;
  • Grouping of parishes; and
  • Warding.

As part of the review, there is a pre-consultation survey which commenced on 28 October 2019 and will conclude on 31 January 2020.  The survey is not a formal consultation, this will take place a later date,  but the survey is an opportunity for initial views to be expressed which may help to shape the future direction of the Review.

More information and the opportunity to comment on the pre consultation survey at https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/CGRPartOne/.

If you want to talk informally to a councillor over any parish matters, come to one of our Councillor Consultation events, when two parish councillors will be available to talk to you.

Your next opportunity is on Saturday, 1 February between 10:00am and 11:00am in the Glebe Farm coffee shop.

Or see our councillor consultation events page for details of this and future events.

The winner of the word search was drawn at our Parish Council meeting on 8th January . Thank you for everybody who entered and we would like to congratulate Charlotte Kirk on winning the £10 voucher.

Well done, everybody .

The following, from Fay Price, Project Co-ordinator at Cheshire East Highways, is the current position of Cheshire East:

As you will be aware we have consulted widely on measures for the Wallhill area (Wallhill Road, Childs and Brownlow Heath Road) and have found there is no universal support for any one option. Most residents support the closure of Wallhill Lane but feedback on that proposal from both Local Ward Members and local and neighbouring parish councils was they did not support a closure of Wallhill Lane and had concerns about traffic routing to other unsuitable routes.

Residents and Local Ward Members have also raised concerns and objection to the mandatory lighting requirements for alternative traffic management measures that involved builds out and road narrowing.

As a result of the opposing views we are proposing to discharge the planning conditions with a comprehensive lining and signing scheme but to include a condition in the planning discharge to review the effect of the link road on the area once it has been opened and traffic has settled into its normal patterns. This will be between 9 and 15 months after the opening of the new Link Road.

This approach will help determine whether residents concerns are realised (i.e.: that Wallhill Lane traffic would significantly increase) . Funding from the mitigation measures pot will be retained to support this approach.

The Portfolio Holders for Highways and the Deputy Leader of the Council are both supportive of this approach, preferring to have actual traffic data rather than extracted from a large scale traffic model.

The measures to be installed are illustrated in the attached plan and include:

  • Provision of give way markings either side of the pinch point on Wallhill lane
  • On coming vehicles in middle of road vehicle activated sign, VAS, at the pinch point
  • Refreshed edge of carriageway markings at the pinch point
  • Two ‘slow down crossroads ahead VAS at the Wallhill Lane crossroads on Childs Lane
  • Extended footway on Brownlow Heath Road
  • Improved road markings and solar road studs on Brownlow Heath Road near Sandy Lane

These measures will enable the planning condition to be discharged which will include a condition to take forward a road closure in the discharge notice should post opening monitoring of the link road demonstrate that traffic on the Wallhill area has significantly increased. We are not attempting to define the term significant at this stage and this will be a decision for the Portfolio Holder at the time. Such an approach will provide a framework for the necessary legal requirements for a road closure. Any future road closure would be done on an experimental basis to understand the impacts on other lanes from displaced traffic.