Council publishes action plan for solving Wilmslow's parking problems


A number of initiatives and schemes have been identified in the Wilmslow Parking Review Final Report which was published today (Wednesday, 4th March) to be taken forward to support the delivery of a long term parking strategy for Wilmslow.

It is recommended that the 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.

A number of medium term parking schemes have also been identified to support parking management in Wilmslow.

Following the outcome of the business case for Broadway Meadows; if there is a case for adding capacity for long stay parking a programme for delivery of these medium term schemes should be developed to deliver them in the correct sequence required to support a successful outcome for Wilmslow and its surrounding area.

In total 47 measures have been identified which have been categorised as Short (Under 12 months), Medium (1-3 years) Long (3+ years) opportunities.

  • Decking on Broadway Meadow M/L
  • The Carrs – provides some additional spaces for long-stay, pricing could be brought in line with other car parks S/M
  • Hawthorn Lane – review number of parking bays S/M
  • Church Street - review number of parking bays S/M
  • Alderley Road – double yellow lines from Coach and Four to King's Arms Roundabout S
  • Buckingham Road – parking bays allow parking between 8.30 – 5pm Mon to Fri – short-stay S/M
  • Buckingham Road – Double yellow lines at junction of Eastward Road, Westward and Cambridge Avenue S/M
  • Gravel Lane – double yellow lines at the junction of Gravel Lane/Knutsford Road S
  • Knutsford Road – phased double yellow lines S/M
  • Bedells Lane – double yellow lines where they are currently missing S/M
  • Altrincham Road – shortstay parking bays 8.30 – 5pm from Hawthorn Walk to the start of residential housing (outside of the shops) S/M
  • Manchester Road – add double yellow lines where they are missing from the roundabout to the bus stop opposite Styal Road S/M
  • Cliff Road – permits for houses no. 2-10 S/M
  • Cliff Road – bollards /railings to prevent parking on pavement outside of the park M
  • Bourne Street – Double Yellow lines at the junctions of Westward Road, Simpson Street and Windsor Av. S
  • Bourne Street – double yellow lines on one side and short-stay parking bays on the other side. 8.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri – short-stay S/M
  • Nursery Lane – extend double yellows at Nursery Lane/ Gravel Lane junction and Beechway junction S
  • Stoney Lane – single yellow line restricting parking MonFri 8.30-5pm S/M
  • South Oak Lane – shortstay parking bays near the field and double yellow lines for the remainder of the road S/M
  • Parkway - improve enforcement S
  • Nightingale Close - extend yellow lines at Lacey Green junction and single yellow lines in front of the shop allowing for deliveries etc. S
  • Leaside Way - double yellow lines at Prestbury Road junction S
  • Beech Lane – double yellow lines S/M
  • Lindfield Estate North – double yellow lines at junction between Beech Lane until the houses start S/M
  • Alma Lane – double yellow lines along the road/ residential permits S/M
  • Pownall Road – double yellow lines at junction with Carrwood Road S
  • Old Road – residential permits/ extend double yellow lines at the junction S/M
  • River Street – residential permits S/M
  • Station Road – increased enforcement within the area S
  • Chapel Lane - double yellow lines or shortstay parking. H-Bar for Wilmslow United Reform Church S/M
  • Hough Lane – double yellow lines at junction (roundabout) S
  • Macclesfield Road - extend/ re-paint double yellow lines from Hough Lane junction to Daveylands junction S/M
  • New Street / Moor Lane junction – double yellow lines at junction S
  • Northward Road – double yellow lines at junction with Oak Lane. Single yellow line restricting 8-5pm Mon-Fri or resident parking permits S/M
  • Oak Lane – single yellows or residential parking only. Double yellow lines needed near the roundabout at Racecourse Road S/M
  • Oaklands Close Estate / Handforth Road junction – double yellow lines S/M
  • Park Crescent / Twinnies Road junctions – double yellow lines at the junctions, greater enforcement S
  • Ringstead Drive – double yellow or single yellow line from Dean Row Road junction S/M
  • Torkington Road / Hough Lane junction – double yellow lines, potential to add double yellow lines along Hough Lane S/M
  • Westward Road – double yellows at Northward Road junction, Buckingham Road junction, South Close junction and Bourne Street. Potential to add short-stay bays 8.30 – 5pm along Westward Road Mon-Fri S/M
  • Windsor Avenue – double yellows need repainting at junction with Bourne Street. Potential to introduce single yellow line along the road restricting parking 8-5pm Mon-Fri S/M
  • Lacey Green / Barlow Road – extend double yellow lines at junction and at the opposite side of the road S
  • Lacey Green – short-stay parking bays 8.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri M
  • Hill Top Avenue- single yellow line that prohibits parking 8.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri M
  • Copperfields / Manchester Road – double yellow lines at junction S
  • Bridgefield Avenue / Manchester Road – double yellow lines at junction – introduce some shortstay parking bays for 8.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri short-stay on Bridgefield Avenue S/M
  • Ashdean Road – double yellow lines at junctions with Gravel Lane / Knutsford Road, and more enforcement S
  • Poplar Avenue – double yellow lines at the junction with Gravel Lane and more enforcement S
  • Newlands Drive – double yellow lines at the junction with Gravel Lane S
  • Third Parties look to provide parking – eg. Hawthorn Lane and South Street, Alderley Edge

Cllr David Jefferay said "It's taken some time to get finished but I think this report is the first real milestone on the journey to reverse Wilmslow's parking problems.

"It's not perfect and it doesn't contain a silver bullet that will solve problems overnight that have been decades in the making. I recognise too that not everyone will be happy because, with so many streets in Wilmslow with parking issues, not all could realistically be included in the short to medium term plan.

"However, in my opinion, what it does is provide the evidence that there is a problem rather than it just being anecdotal and I think it does target the big hitters that need to be prioritised."

He added "The work has already started on the high priority items with funding approved for the design phase of the new multi storey car park and residents should see the yellow lines appearing on Alderley Road in the coming weeks."

Share your views on the proposals to solve the parking problem in Wilmslow via the comment box below.

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

Mark Sandham
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 6:28 pm
Its all very well having all these yellow lines here and there what we need is more monitoring and booking of illegal cars that are parked on restricted areas and across residents driveways.
I live on a street which already has restrictions, double yellow, single yellow and 2 hour restrictions, but because it isn't properly monitored, cars and vans can and do park all day (Monday-Friday) without any signs of traffic wardens.
Wilmslow has a major problem I don't think there is a one solution which fits all, multi story car parking is a solution but there will always be some people who say why should I pay to go in car park when I can park in some streets which are being properly managed and not cost me anything. Our high street is really struggling, is it because customers can't find somewhere to park for a couple of hours? I think all these office blocks which have been granted planning permission but surely going forward these types of builds can't be allowed in the future unless they can show that they will provide more than enough car parking spaces for the number of people working in these establishments i.e Underground.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 8:08 pm
Most of these yellow lines are simply not required.. although a few are as a result of well documented threads on this site... But It took an election to get rid of an Eejit who willingly daubed Cadmium stripes everywhere without justification .. lets not go there again... Broadway Meadow is common sense.. some of the other suggestions not so..
Gillian Slater
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 9:33 pm
There is Lynx and Uber parking on Parkway breaching the time limit preventing legitimate permitted parking for people shopping or visiting, as well as trading vans parking to use Costa. It is very difficult to park without churning up the verge or two cars passing , only one at a time past the parked traffic. It would seem impractical to use this part of the road in this way particularly as it is so close to a busy area. Also a magnet for litter from the cars/vans/ taxis as befor named. I saw a man washing his car in Parkway with bottled water yesterday.

I notice that there is reasonable amounts of short term parking at 'Sainsbury' Council car park and also the behind the Rex/Hooper but people seem very keen not to pay 70p for the same time. I don't believe this would be tolerated in, say, Macclesfied without using the official car parks.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 4:43 pm
According to a person I know who lives on Macclesfield Road between the Hough Lane/Adlington road junction and Daveylands there is absolutely no need to have the yellow lines extended and, in fact, they are totally against this as it would restrict visitor parking.

On the face of it there seems to be an "overspill" of taxis from Wilmslow Station parking in several locations until there is space for them outside the station; this prevents others from using short-stay parking bays. have CEC granted too many licences, or should these taxis be using other Taxi-ranks, e.g. outside Waitrose or The Rex?

Was the occupancy level of the "reserved" spaces for the "Jones" offices at spring street multi-storey car-park monitored during the review?

Was parking at the almost dis-used Police station yard considered as part of the review?

Why is CEC so reluctant to issue Resident Permits (and vouchers for their visitors)?
Ron McCaffery
Thursday 5th March 2020 at 6:26 pm
As a resident of Westward Road I think the proposals for Buckingham Road, Bourne Street and Northward Road will result in cars being parked on both sides of Westward Road. So, instead of a potential for short stay (8.30am - 5pm) parking spaces, it should be a must!
South Close is will be even worse, as it is very much narrower. The bin lorry regularly fails to get up here to empty the bins as it is! This whole road should have double yellow lines or residents only parking all round.
Jon Armstrong
Friday 6th March 2020 at 10:15 am
"Why is CEC so reluctant to issue Resident Permits (and vouchers for their visitors)?"

Giving people exclusive use of a community resource feels quite contentious.
Nick Jones
Friday 6th March 2020 at 10:45 am
@ Jon .. The only official excuse I got prior to last Local election, where a certain Eejit was well into his unchecked, unrequired and blinkered 'Cadmium dream' to paint the town Yellow... was that it would cost too much to administrate.
Fred Rayers
Friday 6th March 2020 at 4:43 pm
Surely a first step is to apply for outline planning permission for a multi storey on Broadway Meadows in the next month. There is no sensible reason to wait for a detailed design, or a business case for this to happen. Once the principle has been agreed a detailed fully costed design should then be submitted later with little risk of undue delays occurring.
Pete Taylor
Friday 6th March 2020 at 6:48 pm
I suppose that CEC will make sure that they follow due process in giving themselves planning consent. Can you imagine how foolish it would be to start building without all the legal steps being taken? After all we don't want "Lyme Green- the sequel" do we?
John Gibbons
Friday 6th March 2020 at 7:39 pm
Seems like some sensible measures to help with the main trouble spots I’ve noticed. I guess that parking is fluid, stop it somewhere and it pops up somewhere else. The review hopefully can act on subsequent problems without another full review. Hope that this is just the start of something and that public transport is seen as part of the solution.
Manuel Golding
Monday 9th March 2020 at 10:18 am
Wilmslow needs to take the all-day car parkers off from the town's residential roads.What concerns me is that yellow-line syndrome merely moves the parked cars to another location, thus creating a new set of homeowners suffering. Before the yellow-line restrictions take effect, CEC should be considering alternate short term parking solutions; I suggest making use of the soon to be vacant Royal London site - it has adequate parking facilities for a large number of vehicles. This could be enforced by a temporary "compulsory short term enforcement order" for the site which must include adequate signage etc directing car parkers together with other elements to discourage further parking mayhem that will result in new locations.
Ian Baillie
Monday 9th March 2020 at 4:27 pm
So the "consultation meeting" last year was a waste of time then. The list of proposals is more or less what was put forward for discussion, in spite of the obvious opposition by most of those who attended and which was meant as a list of possibilities, not a complete plan. And this so-called plan is the opposite of efforts being made everywhere else aimed at reducing traffic and pollution. More car parks simply means more cars will be drawn to Wilmslow and the town is going to end up a horrendous concrete jungle. There is going to have to be a much more drastic solution, such as banning all non-residents' cars from the town, or only allowing employees to park on land belonging to their employers (not necessarily at the place of work) and a proper public transport provision.
Ade Whitaker
Monday 9th March 2020 at 6:15 pm
I agree with some earlier posters - there needs to be a strategy and ongoing review to handle displacement parking. The problem will almost certainly just move to different streets.

I also agree with the comments about public transport. I am genuinely interested to know if any kind of review/survey has been carried out so that the decision makers are armed with the relevant facts - e.g. where do the workers who drive to Wilmslow come from and are they served with the public transport system they need in order to get them out of their cars.

Finally - it would be good to see an end to the countless unofficial cones all over Wilmslow.
Deborah Slade
Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 8:39 pm
No mention of Park and Ride? Why not?
Couldn’t something be done together with the Handforth proposal?

And what is ‘ Third parties look to provide parking eg Hawthorn Lane and South Street’? The planning application for a 90 space contract car park within the Hawthorn Lane residential conservation area is totally inappropriate. I can’t believe that it is something that should even be included in a review
Jon Williams
Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 10:03 pm
Park and ride, who will pay for that then ?
Gary Weir
Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 1:47 pm
I agree with Deborah, we need to try and provide an alternative parking solution for those that work in Wilmslow so why couldn't a park and ride scheme funded 1/3 by the worker, 1/3 by the employer and 1/3 by the council work ?

With 150 objections from local residents there's obviously a really strong sense of how wrong it would be to place a 90 space contract car park in the Hawthorn Lane conservation area.
Eric Butterworth
Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 4:25 pm
Parking in residential areas is always going to be a problem especially in areas within walking distance of town , much to the annoyance of those that live there .
Leaside way is a prime example, with students and staff from Wilmslow High School parking irresponsibly near to junctions and bends in the road , and double parking without consideration for large delivery , refuse collection , Fire Appliances and other maintenance vehicles requiring access to Glenside Drive which is in a cul-de-sac situation , we have already had a problem with access into and out of the development due to a fire in a property at the beginning of Leaside Way resulting in the access being blocked by a Fire Appliance dealing with the fire and having to operate between parked cars .
This situation could easily be resolved by implementing resident only parking or dare I say it , Yellow lines !
Peter Yates
Thursday 12th March 2020 at 8:20 am
As residents of Bourne St who has suffered for years now with the Parking For Work Problem, not to mention the occasional parking for a 2 week holiday. We have witnessed many occasions when delivery lorries have been unable to get through due to irresponsible parking, and have had to reverse up causing additional chaos, there have also been occasions when emergency vehicles have been unable to get through!
Although we applaud any action to improve the situation, we do feel that yellow lines plus Resident Permits would be a more acceptable answer, as some houses have limited parking or none at all.
Howard Piltz
Thursday 12th March 2020 at 9:55 am
No adequate plans are in view to accommodate displaced all-day parking. Broadway Meadows will only be a partial solution, and where will cars currently use it go? Royal London is already spoken for I believe.
So, build park&ride or park&walk sites either side of the by-pass outside the High School, then ban all parking over 3 or 4 hours within the whole of Wilmslow except for residents. Job done.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 12th March 2020 at 5:52 pm
"ban all parking over 3 or 4 hours within the whole of Wilmslow except for residents"

So you'd prioritise people who mostly live within walking distance of Wilmslow's car parks over people who come from further away?

I'm not really in agreement with residents only parking (why should a community asset we've all paid for be for the exclusive use of one?) but I suppose if it was priced appropriately reflecting the true commercial cost of private parking then this could aid funding infrastructure improvements in the town.
Jon Williams
Thursday 12th March 2020 at 10:15 pm
Move the childrens play area at the Carrs further down stream and make the car park much bigger, after all, the Carrs is big enough.
William McQueen
Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 4:57 pm
Yellow lines in town promised to be done in March. Not much of March left.......
Richard Armstead
Thursday 19th March 2020 at 10:40 am
While I welcome the push to improve off road parking provision this is aimed to better accommodate cars in Wilmslow town centre. A parallel aim should be to reduce cars in the centre for safety, congestion, pollution and climate change reasons. This requires a different approach.

Firstly, parking provision in the town should be primarily for residents. Secondly, through traffic should be diverted where possible to use the bypass networks. Most importantly commuters both incoming and outgoing and visitors need to be provided with out of centre parking facilities combined with very frequent shuttle bus services to operate the Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge corridor.

Parking provision, public transport, safety, congestion, pollution and climate change need to be viewed as part of the same problem. Approaching these issues piecemeal will not achieve what we all want - a better lifestyle for all Wilmslow residents and a vibrant welcoming town centre for visitors and residents alike.