CONTROVERSY again surrounds Leek's new roads system – after cracks stared to appear along a section of highway which has already been repaired once.
The new road layout at the bottom of Derby Street was implemented as part of the planning permission given to Sainsbury's to redevelop the Churnet Works off Macclesfield Road.
At the end of 2012 the roundabout was removed and a new pedestrian crossing and road layout, which involved an area of so-called 'shared space', was introduced.
However, within weeks the bricks on the new pedestrian crossing in Haywood Street started to sink, and more road works and upheaval had to take place to repair it.
Now Tarmac on the highway next to the Haywood Street crossing has started to crack.
Leek South county councillor, Charlotte Atkins, claimed Staffordshire County Council was continuing to outsource services which had to be quality controlled, which was ending up costing more.
She said: "I would like to see an explanation on why this keeps happening. I am worried by the lack of control by the county council.
"Leek can't stand any more major road works. This is becoming regular.
"The longer this is dragged out the longer pain is being felt by businesses and residents.
"Businesses not getting any compensation for all these road works means the county council is washing its hands of traders."
Former town mayor Pam Wood said: "This has not been a good job. It is not fit for purpose and it is already looking tatty.
"I think some action should be taken about the whole project. It has been one disaster to another and a total nightmare for traders.
"The project has also taken away the reason tourists come to the town."
Leek baker Sarah Gayton, who has produced a film on the effect shared spaces have had on the blind and partially sighted across the country, said the whole scheme "now needs a public inquiry". She said: "Why is it cracking up again?
"I cannot believe holes are now appearing in the Tarmac.
"We do not want any more road works in the town."
Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet support member for Transport and Connected County, said: "Staffordshire is a huge rural county with around 6,000 kilometres of roads, and from time to time the movement of land, ingress of water and volume of traffic can cause cracks to come to the surface, as is the case here.
"This is not connected to the work contractors were required to carry out on the crossing last year. I am pleased to say that engineers have already carried out a temporary repair to ensure the road is fit for purpose until it is repaired permanently."