Reader's Letter: Broadway Meadow car park

Car park is full before 9.00 am every day apart from the disabled spaces which are seriously under used because they are too far from shops or the station to be practical.

Free parking at the health centre is no longer available. On Broadway Meadow now cars are being parked on pavements, or on the road.

Is there a requirement to have a percentage of spaces for the disabled? Does anybody record how often the spaces are used?

Obviously my point is that at least half of those spaces could be made available instead of standing empty.

Broadway Meadow Car Park, Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Simon Worthington
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 12:21 pm
Why would any disabled badge holder park there when you can park on double yellows. Maybe Pete can "help out" again with another multi-storey which will be needed after our "masters of the universe" have built thousands of houses and created thousands of jobs that are not near each other.
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 12:59 pm
At least this carpark is used, apart from the disabled places, unlike the one on Altrincham Road.
Nadine Tipping
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 1:19 pm
The long stay at Sainsburys is now also full by 9am too.. I have been using the Spring St Car Park on Water lane, but finding this is getting much fuller now too. Soon there won't be any spaces there either..... Then where will the commuters park?
Dina Robinson
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 6:17 pm
The street light at the entrance to the car park is not lit. If I remember correctly it was in the same state last winter. Unfortunately on Monday, the first dark evening after the clocks went back, a lady fell in the dark on her way back to her car hurting her knee and wrist.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 6:54 pm
Its as if the powers at be have given little or no thought to the car parking problems in Wilmslow... oh they didn't ...
Jeff Broadley
Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 10:49 pm
I think it's about time a park and ride scheme was considered for Wil!mslow. There must be land alongside the byepass that could be used for car parking with a regular bus service into the town.
Nick Jones
Thursday 29th October 2015 at 12:07 pm
Jeff.. Common sense and a practical car parking solution for both Wilmslow and Alderley Edge are a pipe dream...... Once you move away from the pay and display .. where do you park ? How does this affect businesses and workers nevermind shoppers and residents... Instead of being MYOPIC.. a fresh approach has been required for a long time..... and it wont come under the present regime. I dont know if a park and ride for Wilmslow would work... but it probably would to get shoppers to Handforth Dean... which is the displacement effect on the town already...It does need change as you allude... but dont hold your breath !! So far, the actions have spoken lounder than the whispering of words..
Simon Worthington
Thursday 29th October 2015 at 1:46 pm
This is what happens when you allow building of offices without adequate parking or parking that can be rented separately whether the aim be naive or green. Canny "developers" will always be able to "arrange" pretty much what they want and con the amateurs in "charge" of granting planning. Gridlock approaches quicker than ever.
Enlightened councils of course do so much better. Stockport overcharges for parking so is now a hideous dump with empty units. Treat yourself and have a look at what they have achieved with Underbank. Manchester wisely ended free evening parking which speedily ended a large amount of Thursday night business for retailers many of whom now close earlier and go home.
Where do we find these business giants?
Pete Taylor
Thursday 29th October 2015 at 9:59 pm
Years ago Wilmslow had a perfect Park and Ride system. Folks from Manchester and Stockport parked at home and rode, during the rush hours, into and out of Wilmslow on the trains which ran, every fifteen minutes, to Alderley Edge, before returning along the line to Altrincham via Manchester.

These days our "local" trains run to/from South Wales.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 29th October 2015 at 11:50 pm
It doesn't sound like you travel by train much, Peter.

Between 0719 and 0931 each working day, 12 trains arrive in Wilmslow from Manchester, and they are very well used. Also well used are the similar number of trains going in the opposite direction.

The difference is more people live in Wilmslow than they used to, and more people work in Wilmslow than they used to.
Simon Worthington
Friday 30th October 2015 at 8:36 am
All very well if you live close to the rail line. If you need to get to Wilmslow on public transport from Knutsford, Warrington????, Macc, Alty, or out in the sticks you need to get up before you have gone to bed!!
Sue Hinchcliffe
Sunday 1st November 2015 at 7:47 pm
Thank you so much to Dina Robinson who kindly came to my aid on Monday evening. I was the lady who fell and unfortunately broke my right wrist this has resulted in loss of earnings this week, a considerable amount of pain and unnecessary stress and inconvenience. No parking for me in this particular car park for the next six weeks or over the Winter months whilst the light isn't working.
I do remember from last Winter that this particular light on the approach to the car park was not working as did Dina Robinson.
Dina Robinson
Sunday 1st November 2015 at 9:33 pm
Sue, really sorry to hear that your wrist is broken. Perhaps now the street light will be repaired. I did try to report the fault on the Cheshire East website but to do so you have to identify the light by its number and I couldn't find a number on it even in the daylight!
Matthew Butler
Monday 2nd November 2015 at 12:51 am
Dina Robinson - Try using FixMyStreet, it's an independent platform that lets you report problems to councils.

Incidentally Sue Hinchcliffe, what about an accident lawyer. I know many people (including myself) are not in favour of our claims culture but it might spur the council into motion?
Dina Robinson
Monday 2nd November 2015 at 6:19 pm
Thanks Matthew, I've reported it on FixMyStreet.
Steph Sankey
Thursday 5th November 2015 at 9:31 am
Commuters to Wilmslow park up in every side street off Manchester Rd & even as far as Lacey Green & Lacey Avenue & then walk down to work from there. Park n Ride sounds like a good idea.
Dina Robinson
Thursday 5th November 2015 at 6:06 pm
Well the traffic warden has had a field day on the car park today and ticketed every vehicle which is not in a space even if they have bought a ticket! And still the disabled spaces are empty. How unfair is that? Presumably anybody parking in the unnecessary, under used disabled spaces would also be fined.
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 11th November 2015 at 8:45 pm
It's not just commuters to Wilmslow - it's also people catching the train down to London - I have given up any hope of finding a car-park space here and now use a taxi instead
Karen Margetson
Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 6:02 pm
I used to park at Spring St Car Park on Water Lane which now in the recent few months has got too full. Spoke to the guy in the office there who told me a company now occupies both levels 4 and 5 which pushes up the public parking to levels 6 and 7 outside, which gets full fairly quickly, so that car park is now out after parking there for the past few years!! Very annoying they've taken over 2 levels which is never full. Also the disabled spaces when you first go in are never full either. What a waste.