Council proposes to increase parking charges in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge


As reported last week, Cheshire East Council is proposing to make a number of changes to car parking charges which would standardise tariffs across the Council's car parks and generate over £1.2m in additional income.

The proposed scale of charges would be:

Zone One - central car parks

  • Up to 30 mins - 40p
  • Up to 1 hr - 80p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.20
  • 2-3 hours - £2.40
  • 3-4 hours - £3.50
  • 4-6 hours - £4.40
  • 6-10 hours - £5.60

Zone Two - edge fo centre or out of town car parks or car parks serving Local Service Centres*

  • Up to 30 mins - 30p
  • Up to 1 hr - 60p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.10
  • 2-3 hours - £1.80
  • 3-4 hours - £2.60
  • 4-6 hours - £3.20
  • 6-10 hours - £3.40

Zone 1 tariff bands will apply to car parks at rail stations apart from all-day parking which will remain unchanged at £7.50.

Proposals also include introducing parking charges in the following eight towns and villages where parking is currently free: Alsager, Bollington, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Prestbury, Poynton and Sandbach.

This would result in charges being introduced in Handforth library car park (zone 1), School Road car park (zone 1) and Wilmslow Road car park (zone 2).

Additionally, parking charges are proposed at 4 other car parks which are currently free, including the one on Ryleys Lane in Alderley Edge (zone 2).

A Sunday parking charge would also be introduced in Council-managed car parks which would be applicable between 8am and 6pm, including Bank Holidays. The 30 mins tariffs will apply and the maximum tariff will be £1 for stays of over one hour. These charges have been modified from the original proposals because 88% of 3783 respondents to borough wide survey carried out during the Autumn of 2020 disagreed with Sunday parking charges.

The proposed tariffs, which are consistent with the existing charges in Macclesfield and Crewe car parks, would result in an increase in the cost of parking in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Current charges in Wilmslow vary from 30p for up to 2 hours at The Carrs, 60p for a hour at Broadway Meadow, 70p for a hour at Hoopers and South Street car parks then 80p at Spring Street. At South Street in Alderley Edge the charge is 50p for the first hour.

If adopted the proposals would generate an additional £1,282,277 per annum for Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East Council's highways and transport committee is to consider giving the green light for a consultation to seek people's views on the proposals at their meeting on Tuesday, 21st September.

There are 13 of these - Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Bunbury, Chelford, Disley, Goostrey, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley, Prestbury, Shavington and Wrenbury.



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

Diana Jennings
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 6:05 am
Another blow for the all ready struggling high street!
Simon Atkins
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 2:10 pm
Councils don't care about the high street
Neda Metcalfe
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 2:13 pm
So as handforth library is also the doctors surgery car park that means the elderly who can’t walk that far and as everyone knows there is no bus service will now have to pay to see the doctor
Thanks cheshire east, nice one
Sheila Grindrod
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 2:34 pm
I quite agree Diana. After such a problematic period and insecurity for our businesses all through our area, where everyone has struggled to make ends meet and stay afloat. The Council are now putting further obstacles in their way. The area will become known for high parking charges and prospective customers will not bother, they will shop etc in other areas where it is free or much cheaper, this could lead to less footfall then businesses closing for good and that all their efforts had not been worth it.
Gina Thompson
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 3:25 pm
What about actually having some charges for parking in Prestbury? One of the richest villages in the borough but the car parks are free.
Lisa Reeves
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 4:17 pm
Gina, as it says above "Proposals also include introducing parking charges in the following eight towns and villages where parking is currently free: Alsager, Bollington, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Prestbury, Poynton and Sandbach."
Paul Millett
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 6:52 pm
Parking charges to see the doctor in Handforth or visit the library? If it happens it'll probably be pay on an app; not everyone, of all ages, wants to use or trusts these things. It's not particularly the money but the sheer inconvenience. Also what happens if your appointment at the doctors is running late?
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 8:46 pm
Whilst I can appreciate all of the comments above, the days of getting things for free are long gone. A consistent approach across the borough is one that I agree with.

A significant number of the elderly will already have or be able to apply for a Blue Badge.

Blue badge drivers are exempt from car parking fees in ALL CHESHIRE EAST CAR PARKS.

And if they are not, then like the rest of society, they will have to pay for car parking. If they can afford to run a car, then I assume that they can therefore afford to pay for parking it in a public car park.
Neda Metcalfe
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 6:36 am
Stuart redgard omg if only there were more people with your compassion for the elderly
And most do not have blue badges just being elderly does not entitle you to one it’s mist often the clever ones that dupe the system that have them
You should be ashamed of your attitude
Andrew Backhouse
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 7:58 am
I hope this will encourage more people to use the buses and cut down vehicle emissions - we keep seeing the 130 bus under threat and yet we all know that driving cars is adding to climate change which will wreck the planet for our children and grandchildren. Could the parking charge increase help persuade pensioners to use their free bus passes? Should we be campaigning for more buses nearer homes to help more of us who are less able to walk to the present bus stops?
Neda Metcalfe
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 10:20 am
As Wilmslow has a skeleton bus service I don’t think so, can you imagine waiting an hour for the bus that doesn’t come to take you to the doctors where you may have nearly one hour wait for your appointment then wait up to one hour for your bus home
It probably just as well you can’t get a doctors appointment and that solves the problem
Stuart Redgard
Friday 17th September 2021 at 6:59 pm
#Neda Metcalfe

I don't know you. A far I am aware we have never met, yet you chose to judge me and misrepresent what I have stated.

I am not ashamed of my attitude.

I did not say "most" have blude badges.
Stuart Redgard
Friday 17th September 2021 at 7:09 pm
I grew up South Yorkshire in the 70's and 80's. My primary mode of transport was the public bus service. It was known then for having one of the best and cheapest public transport systems in the country. Even so, there were occasions when I had to wait for an hour for a bus. But in my whole life of living in numerous parts of the country, I have never had to wait an hour for a doctor's appointment, or not even been able to get one. May be I'm just lucky!
Martin Anderson
Saturday 18th September 2021 at 3:14 pm
don't they make enough money already ?
The information is for 2020-21 :
£329,046 Income
£287,014 Expenditure
£279,622 Income
£113,967 Expenditure
Nil Income
£17,043 Expenditure
£84,123 Income
£82,159 Expenditure
Nil Income
£27,671 Expenditure
Nil Income
£21,581 Expenditure
£567,851 Income
£465,160 Expenditure
£309,363 Income
£158,340 Expenditure
£375,388 Income
£238,017 Expenditure
Neda Metcalfe
Monday 20th September 2021 at 1:35 pm
Ok Stuart you said a significant amount of the elderly if we are nitpicking and that’s not true so to put parking charges on a doctors car park is completely wrong
You say if they can afford a car they can afford car park fees when in reality they have a car because this area has no proper bus service to speak of so I would still say we support our elderly not just presume they have to put up with it without comment

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