Traffic Survey Undertaken on Winsford Road in Cholmondeston during 2017

The request was refused by Cheshire East Council.

Dear Cheshire East Council,

I write to ask about the traffic survey that was undertaken on Winsford Road in Cholmondeston (adjacent to Crowton Cottages) during 2017.

The survey was undertaken at the same time as the Nantwich West Traffic Survey was taking place in 2017. Jacobs were employed by Cheshire East Highways to facilitate the Nantwich West survey. A Jacobs van was seen at the traffic survey site (Crowton Cottages) in Cholmondeston during 2017. This is all very coincidental is it not?

I have previously put in a request (3039133) to yourselves and was told that Cheshire East did not carry out this survey. I am asking again due to the coincidental nature of this survey with Nantwich West and timescales for information on this survey undertaken by Jacobs.

Yours faithfully,

H Moss

CCR FOI Investigation Team, Cheshire East Council

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Date: 4 December 2018
Our Reference: 4059765
 
Dear Ms Moss
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request regarding Traffic Survey Undertaken on Winsford
Road in Cholmondeston during 2017.
 
Your request has been identified as falling within the scope of Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and It will be treated as a request for information
within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act: this means that we
will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you
with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot
supply it. 

The due date is 4 January 2019.
 
If we need any further clarification or there is a problem, we will be in
touch. 
 
Please note that this office will be closed from Friday 21st December
until Wednesday 2nd January. Consequently, we will not be able to issue
any responses during this time period. We will endeavour to supply your
response before the Christmas and New Year closure. However, this may not
be possible.

We will either supply you with the information which has been requested,
or explain why we cannot supply it.

If we need any further clarification we will be in touch.

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me. It
would be helpful if you could quote the reference number quoted above.

 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Gill Clowes
Customer Relations and Compliance Assistant
Cheshire East Council
 
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Date: 20 December 2018
Our Reference: 4059765
 
Dear Ms Moss
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 4 December 2018.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Compliance & Customer Relations
Team
Cheshire East Council
 
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Dear Highways Formal Correspondence,

Thank you for your reply.

Please can I ask why a fee payable for access to the survey ?
The highways have commented on numerous planning applications within the parish of Cholmondeston & Wettenhall and there have been no traffic concerns made.
However, the parish speedwatch team are aware of the high volume of traffic on this route (approx. 170 vehicles per hour ) & the deteriorating road surface. SUSTRANS has informed me that the route is deemed too dangerous for children to cycle and walk.

I ask if the information can be made available so discussions can be held with local residents, Councillors and yourselves?

Yours sincerely,

H Moss

FORMAL CORRESPONDENCE,

Good morning,

Thank you for your email, which has been passed to the appropriate team for their response.

Kind regards

Formal Correspondence Team
Cheshire East Highways

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Highways Formal Correspondence,

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Date: 26th February 2019
Our Reference: 4059765
 
Dear Ms Moss
 

In response your further request for information in relation to your FOI
4059765, which relates to why a fee is payable for access the survey, and
the parish speedwatch teams awareness of the high volume of traffic on
this route and the deteriorating road surface.

Under Freedom of Information  Act legislation the council does not respond
if information is available by other means. The traffic data is available
for a charge and therefore it is exempt under the FOI Act 2000. 

There have been four accidents reported on this road, but none of them
involved cyclists. The council understands you have spoken to Sustrans
regarding the potential for more traffic on Winsford Road as a result of a
proposed development in the area. As you may be aware, Sustrans have been
undertaking a review of their National Cycle Network - of which this route
is part - and have determined it to be borderline with respect to the
route being suitable for an unaccompanied twelve year-old cyclist, the
criteria which is being set for the National Cycle Network. Officers will
be meeting Sustrans in March 2019 to discuss the findings of their network
review, the implications for Cheshire East and the potential actions that
may be taken as a result.

As always, decisions relating to the appropriateness of a specific route
for an unaccompanied child rest with the appropriate responsible adult /
parent. I am unable to advise you on this consideration

In terms of the carriageway deterioration, the council regularly inspects
the adopted highway network to identify defects and ensure it is kept in a
safe condition. The inspection frequency depends mainly on the hierarchy
of the road classification and usage. Winsford Road is inspected three
times per year and the last safety inspection was carried out on 16^th
October 2018. Five actionable defects were identified and subsequently
repaired on 23^rd October 2018. The next safety inspection will be carried
out in February 2019.

Several schemes of carriageway patching have been carried out on Winsford
Road previously, using different application techniques to help identify
which best suits the needs and conditions in this area. These works are
identified through an asset management-led approach in accordance with
guidance from the Department for Transport. The primary function of this
highway asset management-led approach is to maximise value for money by
investing in the right treatment at the right place and at the right time.
In so doing, the council can secure the best long term sustainable future
for the network for all road users based on the level of the investment
made. Winsford Road has already been identified and put forward for
consideration for future  programmes of work and in the meantime the
council will continue to keep the highway safe for all users.

This overall approach to road condition and repairs is outlined in detail
in the Code of Practice for Highway Safety Inspections and Road Condition
Strategies, which are available on the council's website via the following
links:

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[3]http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways_...

  

Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Senior Highway Officer
Cheshire East Council
 
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