Progress with re-opening a road and businesses in Cheadle is to be reviewed by the County and District Councils following their closure after a land slip in September 2019.
In line with their statutory duties to protect public health and safety, the Councils evacuated properties and closed Prince George Street to prevent further slippage after a wall and parking area behind 20 – 26a High Street collapsed.
The work to repair the damage caused is the responsibility of the owners of these properties but, given the amount of time that has now passed, the Councils are keen to see progress and to enable the road and the businesses to reopen.
Councillor Edwin Wain, Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Property at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “We know that this ongoing issue is causing concern which is why we and the County Council are working with the owners of the affected properties so that the road and the businesses can re-open safely and as quickly as possible.
“Public safety must, of course, come first which is why the road and the properties have had to remain closed but we understand the delay in resolving this is causing frustration for local people.
“We are assisting owners through the process of carrying out the necessary works to secure a long-term solution whilst ensuring there is no immediate danger to the public. I’d like to thank people for their continued patience.”
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said: “We will continue to work with the district council and affected property owners with an aim to reopen the road as quickly as possible. We understand people’s frustrations but need to ensure it is safe before we move forward.”