THE A51 was opened on Sunday to the relief of motorists – but what price did residents and businesses have to pay for a short stretch of new road.
Tricia Thompson, of Wood Lane, Utkinton said her road has been destroyed by motorists who bypassed the diversion and used country roads for the three months of the closure.
She said: “The damage to the road is terrible. There are massive potholes and great gaps between the edge of the tarmac and the hedge on the side of the road.”
Tricia said residents have complained and highways officers have been out to fill in the pot holes, but said it seems to have been done with old tarmac.
“It is loose and just seems to have been dumped into the holes. It is not even enough to fill the holes. It is very dangerous, if a cyclist gets his tyre stuck in one of the holes he could be in real trouble.”
Residents in Huxley also found huge potholes have appeared at the side of the road where the tarmac has just been worn away.
Businesses along the A51 between Clotton and Tarporley have been struggling throughout the closure. Tim Okell of Okells Nursery had to lay off one member of staff, and saw a drop in trade of around a third.
Abdul Rahin of the Spice Blu restaurant in Clotton on the A51 said most of the time the restaurant was “dead” because of the lack of passing trade.
A Cheshire County Council spokesman said: “We felt the works were completed well. Obviously we had some problems with the materials but that was sorted out relatively quickly.
“We have received complaints about the state of the surrounding roads, due to drivers cutting through. At no point did we encourage drivers to use these roads.
“We have done some permanent patching and we have done some temporary patching, which will be replacing with permanent material shortly.”