Soot Hill is a vital artery linking many of Marbury's villages with Northwich town centre. It has been closed for well over two years now after a landslip, and despite the misery it is causing residents CWAC told Barnton Parish Council that it was 'not considered an emergency' and so not eligible for funding whoch could've seen it repaired years ago.
Residents in Lydyett Lane have had a one way system thrust upon them as a reuslt of the traffic which is now diverted along their road. Despite being a residential street, with cars parked on both sides, the one-way system has been installed without any traffic calming and speeding is now a regular occurence.
The Lib Dem candidate for Marbury, Roy Garton, lives on Lydett Lane and has suffered from the affects of Soot Hill more than most. The additional pollution suffered by him, his neighbours, and residents of the Locke estate as a result of this diversion is totally unacceptable. Quiet residential roads should not be forced to take the volume of traffic they are, and the council's delays show such contempt for impacted residents.
Residents had heard no news, and were sick of being strung along by the council. Lee Siddal (Northwich Town Councillor and Lib Dem Candidate for Winnington and Castle Ward) and Sam Dodgshon (Lib Dem candidate for Marbury Ward) organised a protest march to Soot Hill which was attended by almost a hundered residents from across the area. Finally, the council started to take notice, and a deadline for the reapirs was given.