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Coole Lane accident in icy conditions

Winter gritting cuts impacting Cheshire East district nurses, say councillors

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
District nurses have been unable to reach some patients since Cheshire East stopped gritting certain routes and there have been several accidents on icy roads, councillors said.

Cheshire East Council axed a number of roads from its gritting schedule this winter following the introduction of new scoring criteria which adheres to national guidelines.

March 4, 2022
CEC councillors told NOT to use ward budgets for gritting

CEC councillors told NOT to use ward budgets for gritting

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council has refused to allow its councillors to use their ward budgets to pay for gritting on treacherous roads because it goes against its new winter policy.

The Labour/Independent administration axed around 100 roads from its winter gritting route when it introduced its new policy this winter – including busy rural routes like Coole Lane and Checkley Lane near Nantwich.

January 21, 2022
Consultation on winter gritting changes was held, CEC chiefs say

Consultation on winter gritting changes was held, CEC chiefs say

Organisations and residents were consulted over changes to the winter gritting strategy in Cheshire East, council chiefs said today.

Many have aired anger over changes to the winter gritting routes, which has seen busy rural roads like Coole Lane and Checkley Lane near Nantwich no longer being gritted.

January 15, 2022
Cheshire East had to grit Coole Lane after police pressure

Cheshire East had to grit Coole Lane after police pressure

Council chiefs who withdrew a rural lane from its winter gritting route, today admitted they had to grit part of it after pressure from Cheshire Police.

Highways were called out by police after officers attended the latest in a series of accidents on Coole Lane, between Nantwich and Audlem.

January 11, 2022
Coole Lane accident in icy conditions

READER’S LETTER: Delays result in gritting concerns kicked into Spring

On 7th January 2022, since being cut from the winter gritting routes by CEC, yet another serious road incident caused by icy conditions occurred on Coole Lane, near Audlem.

My colleague, Cllr Rachel Bailey (Audlem) referred to the “carnage” now occurring on this lane which has highlighted the unacceptable costs to road users, blue light services and to Cheshire East Council being incurred by this poorly considered policy.

January 9, 2022
Coole Lane accident in icy conditions

Non-gritted road caused “catastrophic accidents” on icy roads, councillors told

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Three days of icy, non-gritted roads near Nantwich and Audlem saw “three catastrophic accidents and the school bus cancelled”, the former leader of Cheshire East Council said.

Cllr Rachel Bailey (Audlem, Con) told a full council she had not intended speaking on the winter gritting programme and had planned to ask a question about home school transport.

December 16, 2021
READER’S LETTER: Communities on slashed gritting routes left out in cold

READER’S LETTER: Communities on slashed gritting routes left out in cold

Dear Editor,
It’s now nearly two years since I ‘called in’ the CEC Labour/Independents Cabinet decision to cut winter gritting routes and six months since a decision was made somewhere in the corridors of Cheshire East Council, that despite a second consultation, confirmed the cutting of miles of the highways network from the Adverse Winter Weather gritting scheme.

December 13, 2021
READER’S LETTER: Three days of carnage on Coole Lane

READER’S LETTER: Three days of carnage on Coole Lane

Dear Editor,

To Cllrs Browne and Corcoran.

In launching your 2022/23 budget consultation you claim a balanced four-year budget but totally ignore the impact of ‘your policy’ of cuts to rural areas and passing on cost to Parish Council’s via your ‘highway pilot top up scheme/price list’.

December 12, 2021
Coole Lane accident in December 2021

Third crash on Coole Lane after road removed from CEC gritting routes

Coole Lane in Nantwich has seen another crash – the third in three days – after Cheshire East Council removed it from its winter gritting route.

The latest accident involved a skip lorry which crashed off the road into the ditch.

December 2, 2021
READER’S LETTER: Real impact of CEC winter gritting cuts will be felt

READER’S LETTER: Real impact of CEC winter gritting cuts will be felt

Dear Editor
Each day more and more residents are finding out that Winter Gritting is being cut from some of our rural and semi-rural roads.

They are only now realising how that will affect them and they are expressing their feelings of displeasure and outrage at this decision, taken recently, by Cheshire East’s Labour/Independent administration.

November 5, 2021
READER’S LETTER: Have gritting fears been listened to by CEC?

READER’S LETTER: Have gritting fears been listened to by CEC?

Dear Editor,
Two years on, does it sound like the Independent/Labour Alliance at Cheshire East Council are finally recognising their failure to take or consider a paramount responsibility, that of safety of its residents.

November 4, 2021
Lives at risk under Cheshire East winter gritting policy, warn councillors

Lives at risk under Cheshire East winter gritting policy, warn councillors

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Councillors and residents have urged Cheshire East to urgently review its winter gritting policy claiming lives are at risk.

We revealed in June how some roads have been removed from the route this winter including many rural roads in and around Nantwich.

October 24, 2021
READER’S LETTER: CEC “ignore own guidelines” in road gritting cuts

READER’S LETTER: CEC “ignore own guidelines” in road gritting cuts

Dear Editor,
In February 2020, together with councillor colleagues, I ‘called-in’ the Labour-Independent Coalition decision to slash gritting routes across the borough.

We won a second consultation which councillors, parish councils and local leaders (including head teachers), responded to in significant detail.

June 26, 2021