A ROAD which had to close as repairs were made on a collapsed Cheshire church wall is to reopen next week.

The section of church wall at St Oswald's Church, Malpas, collapsed following heavy storms in January this year.

The adjacent Church Street has been closed to traffic since then, as Cheshire West and Chester Council commissioned a design by a structural consultant and temporary repairs were carried out to avoid further collapse.

Those repairs have gone ahead as scheduled and the road will now reopen to traffic on Friday, August 27, using temporary traffic signals.

However, to avoid any disruption either side of the traffic lights, it has been necessary to withdraw parking facilities for approximately 30 metres either side of the route.

Councillor Karen Shore, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, said: “We apologise to the residents and businesses for the inconvenience this change to parking will cause, alternative parking is available in the public car park off the High Street. We appreciate the ongoing support and patience of the local community.”