Tickets issued again to cars blocking the pavement

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Following complaints from local residents and members of the public about the ongoing obstructive parking along Cliff Road, police officers attended the area again yesterday afternoon. (Sunday, 19th July).

Once again cars were parked along the footpath forcing pedestrians on to the road and six tickets were issued to those vehicles causing an obstruction.

Sergeant Lynsey Jackson said "The location itself is very busy especially on a lovely sunny day, but this does not mean that people can park carelessly and with no regard for pedestrians using the pavement."

She added "As a police team we are able to deal with these matters when we are on duty however to solve the problem long term we need Cheshire East Council to review the area to investigate what measures can be put in place to alleviate the situation for both residents, pedestrians and road users.

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Nik Eastwood
Monday 20th July 2020 at 10:38 am
if it was recorded it might be better if cars that were found to be parked illegally in the same area within 60 days would have the penalty doubled
Barbara Burgess
Monday 20th July 2020 at 4:00 pm
Once again this has happened. I believe that a person in a mobility scooter could not gain access to Wilmslow. This is disgusting. For heavens sake Cheshire East sort this situation out before someone gets seriously injured or killed. The police gave enough to do without having to give out parking tickets in a situation which should be dealt with urgently by a Cheshire East
Pete Taylor
Monday 20th July 2020 at 5:41 pm
Cones?
Jo Jeffers
Monday 20th July 2020 at 8:44 pm
The community is asking for CEC to do something, the police is asking CEC to do something, I have personally raised this via and MES, direct emailing, engaging with my MP, raising it at a police panel yet I get the same answer from CEC - we have put on yellow lines, its not a problem, its the polices job to enforce it.

This does not remove the problem, it doesnt prevent, its clearly not stopping it, its still a dangerous thing that happens.

I am afraid that the council would rather take the grant that is for cycling and walking and ensure that the route to the business park is adequate than make the routes within the town safe for their residents.
Mark Goldsmith
Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 2:11 am
Hi Jo

The council can only spend the cycling and walking grant it on the proposed scheme. We suggested the idea and got the money to fund it, so it cannot be spent elsewhere.

Ultimately there is a fixed amount of money for road safety though as we can always do more. Therefore, it is a question of where best to spend it. Does the council spend this money on Cliff Road, where there is a problem only on sunny days and normally only at a weekend too (which given a typical British summer is less than 20 days a year). Or does it spend it on a road safety issue elsewhere in the borough that is a problem every school day or every work day or everyday of the year?

The council is spending a very small amount of its own money on the Wilmslow cycling and walking scheme because it will protect the towns cyclists for 365 days of the year. Therefore, it is not hard to see why it is a priority over Cliff Road.

For several years now, the road safety budget at Cheshire East has been decided by its highways experts in conjunction with the police. They base their decisions on accidents reported and the overall dangers as they perceive them. It means they only spend the money on the most dangerous areas in the borough. Previously too much of the budget was spent on towns that were best at creating PR campaigns to pressure their councillors into action.

I welcome this change even though it is frustrating that the council can sometimes seem unresponsive to public concerns. However, it stops road safety being a political matter and ensures the money goes where it will save the most lives, not on who makes the most noise. Ultimately, I think we mess with that at our peril.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Wilmslow West & Chorley
Chris Neill
Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 7:42 am
Tow the cars away and charge £500 each to get them back. Would that cover the cost?
It's clear that a small number of selfish, " you can't tell me what to do " law breakers can't control themselves. Parking on pavements all over the town is a total disgrace.
Tow a few away, cover the costs, it will soon stop, happy days. Quit squabbling and passing the buck as to who does what, or the bad guys will carry on sneering at the law and behaving in this totally anti social and dangerous way.
Paul Maddock
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 8:57 am
Pete, Mark, Jo,
No point in cones, they will end up strewn around the playground every Friday and Saturday night. If the issue is Money, then lets face it there is enough of that in many of the residents of Wilmslow, how about some form of crowd funded metal barriers similar to those across from the King William? how much would they actually cost and if the people who want to tackle this get together to pay for a solution themselves, how could CEC or the Police object....... or is this a little too 'socialist' for Wilmslow? Power to the people!! People empower yourselves.
Vince Chadwick
Thursday 23rd July 2020 at 8:13 pm
They don;t prevaricate in Wales. The Snowdonia National Park, North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council have come together to implement emergency measures to avoid a recurrence of the unprecedented scenes seen over the weekend where around 500 cars parked illegally at Pen y Pass.

https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/authority/coronavirus/car-park-vacancies/pen-y-pass-car-park-update?fbclid=IwAR0Wk_aH4265zoWChBpR7rm59xX170xqTsr4RQfq8IOcV0Xa5JIkAxwE6P4