Many local residents will be delighted to see that workers from Cheshire East Highways are busy painting yellow lines this morning (Sunday, 22nd March) on Alderley Road, from the Coach and Four to King's Arms Roundabout.
This action was one of a number of initiatives and schemes identified in the Wilmslow Parking Review Final Report (published on 4th March) to support the delivery of a long term parking strategy for Wilmslow.
In total 47 measures have been identified, which have been categorised as Short (Under 12 months), Medium (1-3 years) Long (3+ years) opportunities - with the following three short term measures to take forward imminently are:
• Development of a business case to develop Broadway Meadows into a multi deck car park to address the issues of long stay parking provision;
• Alderley Road traffic management and parking restrictions from Coach and Four to King's Arms Roundabout; and
• Detail design for localised parking management schemes as identified which would not be seen as detrimental to parking in Wilmslow.
Cllr Dave Jefferay said "It really is great to see this happen. All those cars along Alderley road have been hindering traffic flow and causing dangerous situations for many years now with responsibility has been pushed to and fro between the council and the police. Eventually, frustrated residents even put down cones themselves.
"The other RoW councillors and I have been pushing hard for this "simple" task of just putting some paint down since we were elected in May. In reality, even for something as simple as this, a lot of work is necessary to satisfy all the due process and consultation required by law. Then, of course, Christmas and bad weather stopped play hence it has taken longer than we would have hoped. But we got there eventually and the council's enforcement officers now have the tools to stop all that inconsiderate parking on Alderley Road."
He added "Unfortunately, that's not the end of it. The cars will be displaced to somewhere else and that is why we have been concurrently working towards an increase in overall parking capacity in the town. As a result of the wilmslow parking study, which has just been published, funding has been approved for the initial design studies for a new multistorey car park on Broadway Meadows. It won't happen overnight but we are making very good progress and it looks like Wilmslow may finally get some of the investment it needs."
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