Cheshire Independent Issue 138

MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 138 FREE CHESHIRE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER Independent Let us help. With great advice, home style, measure and planning service, plus quality fitting of top brands and designs. You will be glad you did. Visit our showroom: Tuesday to Saturday Thornycroft Farm | Pexhill Road | Siddington | Cheshire | SK11 9JN | T: 01260 224445 Flooring & Carpets Alternative Flooring, Bronte, Brintons, Ulster, Jacaranda, Cormar, Adam, Axminster, Telenzo Carpets, Crucial Trading, JAB, Ted Todd and more…. Modern & Traditional Carpets Natural Wood Flooring Laminate Flooring Stair Runners & Rods Luxury Vinyl Tiles Bespoke Rugs & Runners WIN DINNER FOR 2 +A BOTTLE OF HOUSE WINE AT THE HANDFORTH CANTONESE RESTAURANT - SEE PAGE 9 WIN URGENT action on improved flood resilience and prevention was top of the agenda at a meeting called in the wake of the flash floods that swamped Cheshire East. Senior representatives from the Environment Agency and the council met with local MP David Rutley to review the response to the summer floods that hit Poynton and other parts of the borough. It took place as recovery and clean-up work contin- ued. Flooding affected Poyn- ton, Bollington, Kettleshulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Adling- ton and Rainow, with 150mm of rain falling over five days. Between 60-90mm of this fell in just 24 hours. Mr Rutley called for a “full and thorough investiga- tion” into the flooding as he emphasised the widespread concerns of people living in the areas affected. The MP also called for a clear action plan to be taken forward to address the cur- rent damage and to ensure the area was more fully pre- pared for future incidents. Action call on flood misery Clean up continues after deluge Environment Agency area director Lee Rawlinson told the meeting his teamwas cur- rently working to assess the overall extent of the flooding and was gathering essen- tial data needed to inform future planning. Mr Rutley said: “Coming so soon after flooding in 2016, these recent floods have caused significant concern for the community in Poynton and more widely. “Residents need clear reassurance that they will be more fully protected from future instances of extreme heavy rainfall. “That is why I have called for a full and thorough investigation into the recent floods, and for a clear action plan to be developed and communicated to local resi- dents, as an urgent priority.” Paul Bayley, Cheshire East’s director of environ- ment and neighbourhood ser- vices, said the local authority would be carrying out a ‘Sec- tion 19 Flood Investigation Report’. It will set out the causes and impact of the flooding, and to put forward a recommended plan of action. Cheshire East says major highways repairs and clean-up operations are all on-going – including gully emptying, whole-scale recon- struction of parts of the road network and removal of fallen trees. Larger repair and recon- struction schemes will take some time to complete. INDIAN CUISINE VICEROY 22, Ingersley Road, Bollington SK10 5RF 01625 573 006 FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER BOOK NOWTOAVOID DISAPPOINTMENT TICKETS £25 INCLUDING 3 COURSE MEAL Concerns: David Rutley with Lee Rawlinson from the Environment Agency, Ian McClellan of Cheshire East Council and Poynton Town Council clerk Haf Barlow