A car passes through standing water on Church Lane opposite Bloor Homes Wistaston Brook housing development in Wistaston (1)

Dear editor,
I am fearful that the rush to construct new large scale housing estates in Wistaston has already contributed to an increase in flooding on its roads.

The recent heavy rain brought standing water to sections of road in Wistaston including the highway adjacent to the new Bloor Homes ‘Wistaston Brook’ and Bellway ‘Kingfisher Reach’ housing developments.

I believe that it is no coincidence that the road surface next to these new estates was amongst the most severely affected by the rain that also overwhelmed many roadside gullies.

Prior to construction these green field sites would have naturally stored and redirected the rain, but now that these same areas are being built-on or tarmacked the rainwater is free to flow directly onto roads and hard surfaces within the estate and onto the nearby busy thoroughfares.

People in Wistaston have already complained that their village is becoming an accident blackspot due to numerous sections of roadway either in a state of disrepair or not designed to cope with the sharp increase in traffic.

The issues I have highlighted need to be addressed immediately by the building companies in conjunction with Cheshire East Council if a future disaster is to be averted.


Jonathan White

Standing water on Church Lane opposite Bloor Homes Wistaston Brook housing development in Wistaston (1)


  1. Adrian Cumquat says:

    I was worried about the floods also but I have a large number of ducks (rubber) in my possession so I will get to see them swim all day long when the water comes.

    Every cloud…

  2. Mark says:

    It took three years of complaints to get the one emptied outside our house in nantwich and only then because they were fixing the road at the same time.

  3. Jed Harrison says:

    If building on these estates were further back from the road and that strip area was planted with hedgerow and tree screening, that would be a natural ditch for the run off of water

  4. Steve says:

    They were working on Newcastle road last week, 2 days later it was flooded again !!!

  5. Chris Moorhouse says:

    There are quite a few places in Crewe and Nantwich that have standing water in periods of medium/heavy rain. The answer would be increased gully tank emptying and also improved/increased watercourse clearing particularly at pinch points eg bridges, bends etc. I understand CEC are doing more gulley emptying – has anyone proof of this?

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