Leader of Cheshire East Council issues statement on 'Nuisance parking on Alderley Road'

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In recent months wilmslow.co.uk has been inundated with complaints from local residents regarding the parking on Alderley Road which we first highlighted as an issue in the summer and have since published several articles and Reader's Letters about.

In September Cheshire East Council confirmed they had commissioned a survey of parking in Wilmslow, covering the town centre, main roads and residential streets where there is considered to be a problem.

The Council said the survey, which commenced the week of September 17th, would assess the impact of parking throughout the working day, from 7am to 7pm, covering weekdays and Saturdays and be complete and ready for analysis by the end of September.

This week, Councillor Rod Menlove confirmed that the portfolio holder is expected to receive the report on the parking survey this month. Following this a meeting of the ward councillors will be held to discuss the findings.

He also confirmed he has been in contact with the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner who will be visiting Wilmslow before the end of November to "see first hand the deficiencies of the policies under which the local police operate".

Today (Friday, 19th October), Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council said: "I am acutely aware of the concerns in relation to parking on Alderley Road, Wilmslow; they have been raised by all the local borough councillors, the town council and members of the public. It is one of the reasons why in the summer I worked to bring forward the Wilmslow Car Parking Survey.

"During the last ten days I have met with officers of this council on three occasions to explore how we can manage this matter in the intervening period without in anyway skewing the outcome of this vital survey work.

"The approach being taken to complete the detailed parking review is now well underway and will assist us in understanding the behavioural patterns which are leading to this parking issue. In recognition of residents' and ward members' concerns I have explored all other potential options to help manage this issue in the meantime.

"I am pleased to report that the Police have agreed to support us, in utilising their powers in relation to illegal parking, whilst we await the outcome of the parking review."

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Terry Roeves
Friday 19th October 2018 at 5:25 pm
Nine cars this morning (Fri) all parked by the UR Church, with nearside wheels onto the kerb.
No tickets, despite the impossibility of getting through with a pram. CEC are all talk, like most things and no action.
We just ‘keep on kicking the can down the road’, as featured again today in Rotten Boroughs, Private Eye, with a special mention for Cllr Bailey and her skeleton ridden cupboard.
Howard Piltz
Friday 19th October 2018 at 5:34 pm
More obfuscation. It is patently obvious, on a daily basis, where the problems are and how to deal with them. Get the yellow paint out, now.
Bob Jones
Friday 19th October 2018 at 6:27 pm
Plenty of green belt found for housing surely there’s room for park and ride plus a bit of yellow paint and enforcement.

Shouldn’t CEC’s officers engage in continuous management of its towns without having to be provoked into paying for yet another special survey.
Peter Evans
Friday 19th October 2018 at 8:05 pm
Delay, delay, delay, delay... what a total joke. Councillors Melove and Bailey,when will you wake up to the fact that you look ridiculous in the views of anyone who has observed the total mess on Alderely Road in 2018. Do something constructive and stop making pathetic noises that deliver nothing.
Jon Newell
Friday 19th October 2018 at 8:26 pm
The headline "Leader of Cheshire East Council issues a statement..."

Mrs Bailey, unless you actually say something, it does not count as a statement.

The headline should have read "Leader of Cheshire East council opens her mouth, speaks but says nothing".
Pete Taylor
Friday 19th October 2018 at 8:44 pm
Put some cones out tomorrow, CEC.
Nick Jones
Friday 19th October 2018 at 9:01 pm
Is it any wonder the lyme green cllr is being deselected !! .... what does Harry Bestwell his replacement have to add to this ?? ...
David Jefferay
Friday 19th October 2018 at 9:30 pm
I find this whole situation unbelievable.
Cheshire East could have so easily dealt with this situation (and saved itself all the bad press) by at least starting the consultation process for yellow lines on Alderley Road (we all know that is what’s going to happen anyway).
Instead, they delay sorting out the clearly dangerous situation (I’ll ignore the chuckle brothers “to me-to you” transfer of blame situation with the police) and commission a parking study.
Whilst I agree that the parking situation in Wilmslow needs looking at holistically, not dealing with a clearly dangerous situation is just yet another bad decision by CEC (both from a safety and a public relations perspective).
Time for change. Sign the ‘Change Cheshire East’ petition (https://www.change.org/p/changecheshireeast) and vote for change in May.
John Gibbons
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 6:21 am
David Jefferey I’m not signing the petition. It’s the Cheshire version of Brexit.
David Jefferay
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 4:50 pm
John Gibbens, your analogy is interesting but I don’t want distract from this Cheshire East discussion by veering onto Brexit.
Terry Roeves
Sunday 21st October 2018 at 8:42 am
John, I’m sure that we all want a soft exit and free movement of goods and services. It’s that simple, but we do have a Council who have moved us to a hard exit without free movement on our southern border.
Robert Farr
Monday 22nd October 2018 at 11:00 am
This morning, Monday, nine cars were parked half on footpath, between the roundabout and the pedestrian refuge, both sides of the gates to the new apartmentments. Such parking is illegal. It seems the police don't care and the Police and Crime Commisioner and local politicians are useless. Is it time for some brave person to put some bricks through windscreens or some other direct action.
Buster Wild
Monday 22nd October 2018 at 3:27 pm
No need to commit criminal damage, just let the air out of the tyres. They will soon get fed up with inflating them every day.
Manuel Golding
Monday 22nd October 2018 at 4:59 pm
Alderley Rd parking issue is not a mind stretching insoluble problem. All it requires is someone in authority, i.e. Cheshire East council, to grasp the nettle and have the backbone to institute restrictive measures, be they only a "temporary" solution, as RoW has suggested many times previously.
Instead of meaningless phrases, as uttered by Cllr Bailey; she really needs to get to grips with the problem NOW, not in 3, 4 or 6 months time, but NOW, today. Why has CEC wasted our money on a pointless parking survey for Wilmslow? Everyone knows of the problem. I suspect this is a means of delaying solutions because they will cost the Council money and as its officials are always saying "We haven't got the money." But they can find money to waste on poor to not -up-to-the-job & grossly overpaid management. And what about the wastage of both police time & money investigating numerous alleged misdemeanours? And the story goes on and on.
Parking! We all know the problem, what we want to hear & see from this Council are solutions. Painting lovely yellow lines on the roads is NOT a solution to the problem. All this does is move the parking problem from one location to another. The council needs, indeed must, find alternative off road parking, and then put in place on-street parking time etc restrictions. As said before and as written to Cllr Biley, RoW has made suggestions but she hasn't bothered to enquire what these are. This tells us everything we need to know about this Council's ethos. Does she & her cabinet colleagues live in another space? When suggested solutions are made, surely any one with an ounce of concern would ask for more details? But no, not Cheshire East. Unfortunately, this Council has a well tuned record of not listening to the local's concerns - the price will be paid at next May's CE council elections and RoW (independents) will be at the forefront by putting People Before Party.
The first step tomorrow is for Cllr Bailey herself to "request" the police to place "No Waiting" signs along Alderley Road, leave them there until the Council & its Highways apparatchiks get their act together - this could be many months but it will eliminate the feared potential dangers that are being written about over many months on these pages.
If you wish to help in Residents of Wilmslow's campaign to ensure Wilmslow's voters concerns are not only heard but acted upon please do come and join us - phone 07930 377778 or 07846 082660.
Tim George
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 6:59 am
Lets just look at the facts whilst we all agree the parking in Wilmslow needs to be looked at this has nothing what's so ever to do with the obstructions that are parked on the main road into Wilmslow.
At 7.30 to 8.30 you can pretty much get on any car park in Wilmslow.
These people parking on Alderley Road from 7.30 in the morning causing an obstruction on a busy main road do not want to pay to park.
Most of us people who have worked in town for some time pay to park.
As a number of people have said previously the council or who ever will only react when something serous happens. Who's fault will that be ? I'm sure no one will want to take the blame.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 9:26 am
We all know the root of this problem is years of councillors/planners rolling over to have their tummies tickled by Pete and by selfish parkers who can afford the rent on a shiny new car and a Starbucks each morning but refuse to pay to park. Compounded by councillors with poor grasp of anything to do with roads, you know who you are....
As a start I suggest that wherever possible the residents of Wilmslow park their cars overnight every Sunday taking up the spaces used by these selfish workers and moving their vehicles after 9am on Monday morning.
Alan Brown
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 2:43 pm
No one seems to voice what is going on and how this mess has developed. Surely the car parking is associated with building development going on just across the road - as it has been with other building projects (Chapelcourt, Lawson Grange) so - if the council waits long enough - the problem will quietly subside and go away when the development finishes. Job done!! Didn't they do well??
Stephen Hughes
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 3:06 pm
How long can this Council stretch this issue out and still do nothing?
We have police notices along Donkey Lane and Bradford Lane in Alderley stating that parking there would cause an obstruction. Two country lanes with very little traffic, but we can’t have anything done for the main Alderley Road into Wilmslow!
I agree with the comment that these people just don’t want to pay for parking, but I cannot see any alternative to double yellow lines in the long term.
Stop talking about it and get it done. Put cones out today and paint the lines tomorrow.
As for the Council having no money, was it £68000 spent on the Mayors car out of our Council Tax ?
Peter Croome
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 3:46 pm
I was told by a person who has a business in Wilmslow that he could pay £240 per qtr. for a permit to park in the main Wilmslow car park - he paid, and the Permit duly arrived with no Bay Number. On asking the Council for a Bay Number he was told "the Permit allows you to park if there is a space anywhere". His business opens at 10am. Spaces at that time? NO.
Kathleen Roberts
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 5:07 pm
Unfortunately, yellow lines do not deter them.I watch on Green Lane where large cars park
half on double yellow and half on pavement forcing pedestrians to walk in the road and causes traffic hold ups whilst they shop in Tesco or get their coffees.
Sarah Kennon
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 5:24 pm
CE seem to spend their time having meetings and making reports to discuss at another meeting. This has been going on for months now and CE are now saying end of November. I was told this was a police issue and it clearly is causing an obstruction despite what the police say. This parking was never a problem before all the building works. These cars should be removed/clamped by the police and allow free flow of traffic through Wilmslow.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 8:15 pm
Simon Worthington that’s a great idea. If I lived that side of Wilmslow I would certainly join in with the parking on a Sunday night. I know some people in a village somewhere adopted that approach as they were being blighted by commuters who were not prepared to pay for parking.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 24th October 2018 at 8:18 pm
My bank statement gives me more hope about this parking issue than the Cllr’s so called statement.
David Smith
Thursday 25th October 2018 at 11:23 am
Laurie Atterbury: another good idea would be to park outside the houses of our councillors to 'restrict' - not 'obstruct' - access into THEIR properties and see how long it takes for a 'contact' with the local police has US booked for this nebulous offence of 'obstruction' that doesn't seem to exist in other parts of Wilmslow. Unless, of course, it should occur outside the residence of someone very important like a councillor!
David Smith
Thursday 25th October 2018 at 4:32 pm
I see that the 'Spider-man' climber Alain Robert was arrested after climbing Heron Tower in London on a charge of 'causing a public nuisance'. I think that's exactly what many of Wilmslow's residents think of these motorists who can't park their cars in a considerate way.

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