by Iain Roberts on 5 February, 2019
We’ve frequently reported on the issues with the pavement along Cheadle High Street and the other local roads. At last week’s Area Committee, a public question was asked and the council responded:
The area is regularly inspected and any defects that meet our investigatory levels are picked up for repair. As with any surface or construction type, deterioration is to be expected and maintenance is required to keep the surface in a serviceable condition over its life span. Damage to flagged footways is usually caused by vehicles driving onto the footpath but also by utility companies who carry out new connections/repairs etc and disturb the paving and foundation. Water discharging onto the footway from surrounding buildings is also a factor here.
The flags are laid on a substantial foundation but this will not protect indefinitely against vehicle overrun. Flags become de-bonded from the foundation/bedding and grit etc gets under the flag causing them to rock. Inspection of the foundation during recent maintenance works has shown that the foundation is still in a serviceable condition. We expect to continue carrying out maintenance to the flags here in line with expected deterioration.
Cllr Graham Greenhalgh said “We have worked long and hard to get the Council to resolve these issues. We recognise that some repairs have been undertaken, and that ongoing wear-and-tear will always cause more problems, but the reality is that there are too many loose paving stones being left for too long and it’s not acceptable.”12 Comments