National Trust calls for speed reduction on Macclesfield Road

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The National Trust are calling for the speed limit to be reduced on a stretch of Macclesfield Road.

Speaking at the Parish Council meeting on Monday, 13th November, Councillor Craig Browne informed his fellow councillors that the National Trust has produced a report which supported the need for a speed reduction on a section of Macclesfield Road, heading out of the village towards Over Alderley.

He said "This has become a more pertinent issue recently in the other direction, coming towards Alderley Edge, as vehicles travelling at 60mph suddenly find themselves in a 30mph limit with parked cars blocking the road shortly after the drivers pass the brow of the hill."

Councillor Browne has a meeting this week with Chris Widger, Countryside Manager at the National Trust, and our PCSO Chris Hopkins to discuss a proposal to reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph from the top of hill (where the 'birdcages' are) to the junction with Finlow Hill Lane.

What do you think about reducing the speed limit on this stretch of Macclesfield Road? Share your views via the comment box below.

Macclesfield Road


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

Rob McCall
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 4:07 pm
I can't understand why the council see it appropriate to reduce the speed limit here rather than takle the irresponsible (in some cases illegal) parking you encounter when travelling towards Alderley Edge.

The council approved the building works, and in the location the building is taking place, they should have been required to produce an access statement, if they weren't (CEC have been known to overlook such details) then this is another example of planning being granted without thought for any permanent or temporary consequences.

40mph on this road at night would be deadly, those that drive at the limit being overtaken by those that won't on the premace "this used to be a 60". If it's approved it won't be long before we have another death on our roads.
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 18th November 2017 at 7:36 pm
I tend to agree with Rob McCall.

Firstly, this is a public highway. The National Trust are not the land owners; the public are.

The road in this section is not "built up.


The appropriate statutory authorities (i.e. Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire East Council), should be enforcing the existing laws relating to both parking and maximum speed limits. The correct term in law being " is an offence to....."

However, for numerous reasons, they both choose not to enforce the existing laws consistently and uniformly. Instead they use their 'discretion' to choose when too, or not too, use the powers the law gives them to address offences that are being committed.

In my personal opinion, that is too often the case.
Jon Williams
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 9:54 am
The area along this stretch of road is a often very busy with walkers, cyclist and children enjoying the countryside, a reduction in the maximum speed limit would be good, too many people today want to get from A to B as quick as possible in cars more suited to the Nürburgring.
Dave Cash
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 11:52 pm
#jon, all the types you mention are pedestrians who should adhere to Highway Code Guidance, like ant other Highway user,
Jon Williams
Monday 20th November 2017 at 8:59 am
Dave, since when as a cyclist been a pedestrian ?