Help identify which Wilmslow roads should be a police priority

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Throughout February police officers will be gathering information from local residents to enable them to set their traffic priorities for each area of Wilmslow.

Via both direct surveys and social media, residents will have the opportunity to identify roads near where they live which they would like the police to focus their attention.

Local residents will also be asked which issues are most important to them, such as vehicles speeding, drivers using mobile phones, parking and obstructions, drunk or drug driving.

Wilmslow Community Sergeant John O'Driscoll said "It's some work we're carrying out on each of the wards in Wilmslow to try and tailor the traffic priorities for each area.

"PCSO's have being visiting households filling in questionnaires over the last two weeks.There will also be a social media version issued which will again look to gauge what people want as their local traffic priority."

Sergeant John O'Driscoll added "The work will link with our TRUCAM (speeding gun) deployments to roads which are perceived as problems. Each ward will have a priority road identified which we will concentrate on in the short term before refreshing locations when the message gets across and feedback is that speeds have reduced."

Which roads do you consider a priority for the police to focus on in your ward? Share your view via the comment box below.



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

Neda Metcalfe
Monday 19th February 2018 at 3:25 pm
I think I’d rather they concentrated on fighting any crime in the area .
Julian Barlow
Monday 19th February 2018 at 10:38 pm
Anyone Exceeding 20mph on the roads of Wilmslow deserves a place in the Guinness Book of records. If you're lucky enough to find 10 consecutive meters of unbroken tarmac it's almost certainly going to be festooned with traffic cones and temporary lights. There must be bigger policing priorities than this.
David Hoyle
Monday 19th February 2018 at 10:47 pm
I live on the Lakes estate in Handforth. It's like taking place on a ski slalom course on the roads escaping the pot holes.
Oliver Romain
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8:37 am
Lisa, have the police said they would take views on this site into account or do they mean their twit and face pages?
Mark Russell
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 12:34 pm
Ha ha, brilliant. I love articles like this. oooooo lets start with an easy one to fix, the traffic parking violations everyday on Hawthorn Street. Yes, you know, the ones right outside the police station that block passage and create tail backs in rush hour!!! Do you need me to report it, or are you going to deal with it while you yourselves are sat in the traffic caused by the obstructions?

How about you start simple and walk outside after 16.30 to deal with that one thats been going on years, then go for the really complicated stuff like all the people driving through the town centre on their phones. Baby steps first................

i doubt it, just more PR from the commissioner with nothing better to do.
Paul Hampton
Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 2:17 pm
My top 3 observed for speeding are:

1. Altrincham Road, Styal. On the section between The Ship Inn and the NT car park. Particularly problematic during school drop off / pick where instead of observing 20, some drivers are exceeding 50.

2. A34 Maclean / Birrell / Pendleton Way. The go-to drag strip for performance car owners and boy racers. Hugely popular on evenings and weekends for speeders.

3. Dean Row Road. On all sections between Blue Bell Mini and the Shell station.

Top 3 spots for observing drivers using mobile devices are:

1. Alderley Road - between Sainsbury’s and Barclays.

2. Altrincham Road - between Chili Banana and Barclays.

3. Manchester Road between River Street and Dean Row Road.

Top 3 places for regular parking offences / causing obstructions:

1. Double Yellow lines outside Waitrose loading bay.

2. Double Yellow lines Through main stretch of Alderley village centre outside main bars and restaurants.

3. Double & Single Yellow lines on Church Road, Wilmslow. Especially on / around corners.

Keen to know about whether TRUCAM offences are followed up with prosecutions or just a slap on the wrists. Glad to hear it’s having a positive effect, please keep it up.
David Nelson
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 4:14 pm
Locally for me it's the Knutsford road. Speeding is doubtless an issue that needs to be effectively addressed. Trucks is a fleeting interruption to the fast driving. How about some traffic calming measures, (chicanes) speed humps, permanent speed cameras, volunteers to use trucam more frequently.
Frankly, anything to reduce speeding..........except potholes!
David Smith
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 6:13 pm
The first three comments need deleting from this post. If you cannot add something sensible to an issue that has seriously been annoying many residents of Wilmslow for far too long then go and start your own thread for persons who want to go 'off thread' just for the sake of it.
On a more sensible note: I would like to reinforce the issue of parking in our residential streets by those who do not live in the area and are content to make passage down our streets as annoyingly difficult as possible and more dangerous than necessary.
Take Manchester Road from Styal Road to the lights at the BMW garage. Along here is a cycle lane that every working day has cars parked right inside such that there is effectively NO cycle lane available. The highway code on CYCLE LANES states "140: Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply."
The cycle lane on Manchester Road is unbroken and so parking in it is allowed unless UNAVOIDABLE. If you could go and park somewhere else but just cannot be bothered does to my mind indicate that your placing of a vehicle in the cycle lane could be avoided and so should not be allowed. Regardless of whether the line is unbroken or not, where is the logic of spending money creating a cycle lane and putting down the white lines - all in the interest of making it safer for cyclists on our roads - to then introduce conditions that effectively make the cycle lane null and void? The highway code in section 67 advises cyclists to "Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles and watch out for doors being opened ..." PLENTY OF ROOM would in anyone's estimation be the width of the car door that you are trying to avoid hitting - should it suddenly open. So you should give a car parked in the cycle lane on Manchester road a clearance of, say 5-6 feet. This will then have you cycling down the centre of your part of the road for quite some distance as the parked cars can often occupy quite a stretch. The speed limit on Manchester Road is 40mph and I guess the average cyclist can only really do about 15mph, so to cycle safely and in accordance with the advice given in the highway code a cyclist will reduce the traffic flow considerably. UNLESS the cycle lane was marked with a solid line and no longer advisory, rendering it permanent, make it solely for the use of cyclists and leave the rest of the road for motorists.
Regards, Dave Smith.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7:26 pm
Is there an address available where one comment online to Cheshire Police?
Sally Hoare
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7:28 pm
I would rather the police tackle dangerous parking before they look at speeding. Buckingham road is dangerous to navigate, especially near the junction with Altrincham Road. I agree that the potholes are making matters worse, but they are not a police matter.

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