Lay-by closure fails to deter people from driving to The Edge

Motorists are continuing to drive to The Edge despite the lay-by on Macclesfield Road being closed to discourage people from traveling and help to ensure social distancing is observed during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Cheshire East Highways have put traffic cones out to stop vehicles from using the lay-by at the top Macclesfield Road, adjacent to Castle Rock, at the request of the police as it had been packed with cars, whilst the National Trust car park is closed.

However, some motorists are continuing to park there or they are parking on Macclesfield Road, at the brow of the hill instead. The photo above was taken on the afternoon of Friday, 24th April.

PCSO Callum Edwards said "8 cars were given Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for unnecessary obstruction by being parked at that location on Saturday. The Edge is on my patrol plan, so I patrol there each day that I am on shift."



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

Mark Russell
Monday 27th April 2020 at 7:09 am
All those vehicles are creating an offence. Where are the enforcement authorities?
Keir Faulkner
Monday 27th April 2020 at 4:53 pm
That parking is downright dangerous and criminal, they are on a blind brow of a hill, against a solid white line and half on the pavement, it is criminal and deserved at least six points. Those drivers are a disgrace. A fixed penalty is not enough, tow the cars away.
Mark Russell
Monday 27th April 2020 at 6:40 pm

You are correct. This parking is illegal. It is punishable by towing the car away. What sort of a deterrents a poxy £30 fine going to do?
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 6:17 pm
Some people would consider £30 cheap parking; hardly a deterrent is it?
Simon Worthington
Thursday 30th April 2020 at 10:26 am
So the plod now have plenty of time to ticket vehicles (yes - badly parked) where have they been for the last few years. Is this the PCSO with the reputation for being power mad?

If one resides in an apartment with no garden and the streets around are full of punters on their way to shops, running, walking their dogs etc. then is seems quite sensible to go to the relatively deserted countryside. Usual mismanagement by plod, council and all the other incompetents whose wages the private sector funds.
No responses from the paranoid who think they will die if they venture outside please!!