A ‘MISLEADING’ public notice from Cheshire East Council sent the town into a frenzy after it suggested that two major Middlewich roads could be set for roadworks over the same extremely lengthy period.

Last week, information on the council’s website suggested that roadworks will be carried out in Croxton Lane and Lewin Street for 12 weeks from Sunday, August 19 until early November.

However, a public notice issued by the council last Thursday, August 8, said the work is only expected to be finished by March next year.

The public notice reads: “The order will come into operation on Monday, August 12 2019 and will continue in force for 18 months or for such less time as is necessary to complete the work to be executed in the highway, although it is anticipated that the works will be completed by the end of March 2020.”

The Guardian contacted Cheshire East Council and a spokesperson confirmed that the roadworks, which are to carry out carriageway resurfacing, will take place at some point between now and November 11.

The council confirmed that the specific dates for the work will be announced soon.

Cllr Jonathan Parry, Middlewich ward member at Cheshire East Council, believes there has not been enough information given to residents.

Cllr Parry said: “The information is misleading and they’ve unintentionally scare-mongered residents. It suggests on first glance that the roads could be closed for 12 weeks.

“The town is already gridlocked as it is and the schools will be back open in that time so that would cause chaos.”