Council to hold meetings with residents and businesses to tackle parking issues


As previously reported on, Cheshire East Council has launched a consultation to seek views on a range of proposals for improving parking in Wilmslow.

The consultation on the recommended 47 individual measures, aimed to ensure that parking capacity supports the long-term viability of Wilmslow, opened on Wednesday, 30th January, and runs for six weeks.

Public exhibitions, where key findings from the parking review study will be shared, have now been arranged for Wednesday 13th February from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesday 6th March from 6pm to 8pm at the United Reformed Church meeting rooms on Chapel Lane.

Additionally, as part of the Wilmslow parking consultation a meeting with local businesses will be hosted by Cheshire East on Wednesday 6th February in Wilmslow Parish Hall. The meeting, which will commence at 7pm, will be a round the table discussion. The principal Cheshire East representative will be Richard Hibbert, Head of Transport, who has been responsible for the parking survey to date.

Councillor Toni Fox said "It is very welcome that Cheshire East Council has now agreed to engage directly with businesses in Wilmslow.

"Largely I believe this is due to the persistence and efforts of Wilmslow Town Council and its Chairman, Councillor Martin Watkins.

"It is I believe detrimental to both residents, and the services that Cheshire East Council provides, that it does not currently partake in open, transparent and regular dialogues with Town and Parish Councils.

"I hope that this is only the first instance of many to come where the value and views of Town and Parish Council are acknowledged, and sought as a pre-requisite, by Cheshire East Council."

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "We have continued in our commitment to reviewing the parking policies and issues as part of our new local transport plan. Officers have been monitoring the situation and gathering evidence to shape the proposals that are now being consulted on."

The proposals, already suggested but not limited to, include:

  • New waiting restrictions to prevent inconsiderate or obstructive parking
  • Adjustments to the balance between short-stay and long-stay parking places
  • Creation of residents' parking schemes
  • Options for the creation of additional parking spaces

Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for parking, said: "I very much welcome this consultation, which seeks to address the parking problems we have been experiencing in Wilmslow.

"We would welcome everyone to engage in this consultation and talk to us about the proposals, alongside the issues and implications they are experiencing with regards to parking. This will help us to reach solutions that are informed by local communities and means the proposals reached can hopefully reduce the problems as much as possible."

Details about the consultation are available here.

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

Gillian Slater
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 8:23 pm
I sincerely hope that consideration for the residents of Parkway, Greenway and Green Hall Mews are considered in the consultations.
Manuel Golding
Saturday 9th February 2019 at 4:31 pm
First things first!!!
Before making certain roads/streets yellow lined, we need to know exactly where the displaced vehicles will go to park. Without a forward looking plan in place PRIOR to yellow lines, we need to be asking the "planners" (their title, not mine) where & what immediate plans they have for the displaced parking roads.
Alternative off road parking MUST be PRIORITY No,1.
How about a multi-storey park on Broadway Meadow?
The planners will say "No money".
But the income from say 250 new long stay parking places @ £5 per day will equate to £1250 x 5 days = £6250 p.wk x 50 wks = £312500 p a x 3 years = £937500. The cost of a £1 million construction will be paid for in just over 3 years. Self funding = no competition or easy-peasy!!!!! No excuse, just get it done and promptly without any more excuses.
Then and only when they have somewhere off street awaiting vehicles the 2nd issue needs to be attended to - certain on-street parking restrictions & enforcement.
David Smith
Sunday 3rd March 2019 at 12:48 pm
Two rather tame comments I'm afraid.
Why should anyone pay to park in a town car park when they can leave their car anywhere they like, as long as there are no yellow lines, for absolutely £NOTHING? Putting yellow lines down the roads where we residents LIVE just means that we and visitors to our homes can't park cars outside our own houses. So yellow lines everywhere is no solution. I posted this previously and repeat it again: The only scheme would be for Wilmslow residents - who pay their council tax to live here - are issued with a resident permit - like the disabled badge - and when displayed in their vehicle allows a lesser car parking charge to be paid or free parking for a limited time in areas that allow this. Anyone else pays a load £more. This way we can designate OUR streets primarily for the parking of residents and the other beggars can pay to use the car parks [yet to be] provided.
A multi-storey car park in Broadway would be an improvement. The cost of such could be £zero. Give permission for NCP [or the like] to actually build one and keep the revenue for say 20 years after which time Cheshire East takes a 50% share. That way we lose revenue for a time but in the end get an income from a car park that cost nothing.