Road set to be closed until next week after 'sink hole' appears

Knutsford Guardian: The hole in the middle of Manor Park Road. The hole in the middle of Manor Park Road.

MANOR Park North was closed on Monday – and will remain closed until early next week – after this ‘sink hole’ appeared in the middle of the road.

Workmen headed down to the road, at the junction close to Manor Crescent on June 30, and investigated the road after a three metre hole appeared on Sunday afternoon.

As a result the road was closed and residents were urged to avoid the area.

It has now been revealed that Cheshire Police were in attendance at 2pm on Sunday after reports of a problem with the road.

Highways staff then came out and put barriers around the affected area before work started on Monday.

On Monday Knutsford Town Council (@KnutsfordTown) tweeted: "Manor Park North has been closed urgently this morning due to a potential road collapse.

"The closure is likely to be in place for most of this week whilst investigation and repairs take place. Diversion signs are in place."

Ann Horne (@annhorne93) added: "Road closed on Manor Park North due to big pot hole near the scout hut, full road closure in place."

Ann later tweeted: "A company called Saphire CCTV have turned up and our now checking the hole on manor park north.”

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: “The initial report (on Sunday, June 29) was that there was a manhole cover missing and United Utilities were asked to attend.

“However, It was established that this wasn’t the case and that a small section of road had collapsed leaving a hole about 4ft-5ft deep and about 3ft in diameter.

“Due to the location of the hole, in the centre of the road, Cheshire East’s highways team arranged to close the road and set up a local diversion.

“United Utilities has arranged to carry out a CCTV survey of its sewer, in order to establish whether the hole was caused by a sewer collapse.

“We are now waiting for feedback from United Utilities. If there is a sewer collapse, they will make arrangements for repair. If not, Cheshire East will investigate the cause, carry out any necessary repairs, refill the area and reinstate the road surface as soon as we can.

“The road is likely to be closed for a number of days and we thank road users in advance for their patience and understanding, while we fix this problem.”

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