Church Lane chasm sink-hole - Wistaston - 11-7-18 (1) (1)

Work started today on repairing the ‘Church Lane chasm’ sink-hole in Wistaston – more than two weeks after it first appeared, writes Jonathan White.

Cheshire East Council highways teams arrived on scene to begin the repairs after the sink-hole emerged on June 26.

The hole – known by locals as the ‘Church Lane chasm’ – is next to the entrance of the planned Witter’s field housing development.

Due to the repairs, Church Lane is now closed between Park Drive junction and Valley Road/Broughton Lane junction.

Wistaston Police told residents on Facebook that it could take “a couple of days” to repair.

“While they fill in the sink hole in the road, please follow the diversion signs,” said police.

“This will take a couple of days to fix, please allow extra time for your journey.”

Motorists are facing further disruption at the same section of road on Church Lane when construction begins on a new site entrance and footway.

This was due to start this week (July 9) and last until August 31.

Local residents and motorists say they are already being inconvenienced by construction vehicles accessing the Kingfisher Reach housing development on Wistaston Green Road.

(pics and words by Jonathan White)

Church Lane chasm sinkhole - Wistaston - 11-7-18 (2) (1)


  1. Odd that hole appeared not long after the recent work in same area by a utility company. As usual they put the barriers up, and the lights then do nothing. When men do turn up they either then sit in van having a break or one man working and rest watching or on their mobiles.

  2. The substantial road damage on Church Lane by the proposed Witters Field housing development entrance/exit was caused by a “collapsed sewer”. United Utilities arrived on site today (Friday 13th).

  3. Derek Harrison says:

    Walked dog today after lunch (July 12th) and no-one working nor any holes filled in on this site just the road closed signs & barriers!!

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