Hundreds object to car parking charges being introduced in Handforth

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In September Cheshire East Council announced plans to increases to the borough's parking charges.

With parking charges having only been increased once since Cheshire East was formed in 2009, the Council says the current fees are no longer sustainable as the rate of inflation means that the costs of maintaining, managing and operating car parks has significantly increased.

The proposals include introducing parking charges in three Handforth car parks where parking is currently free.

With the statutory consultation closing tomorrow (1 November), today representatives of Handforth Town Council delivered 354 objections.

These objections have been collected by Handforth Town Councillors over the last 6 weeks following Saturday morning sessions in the Paddock to discuss the Cheshire East proposals with residents.

Ashley Comiskey Dawson, Clerk to Handforth Town Council, said "Not one resident was in favour of these proposals, therefore all the responses collected must be considered objections to the introduction of car parking charges in Handforth."

Below are the Council proposals to introduce parking charges in Handforth

Handforth Library is a short stay car with 46 spaces, including 3 disabled spaces. The maximum duration of stay at Handforth Library car park is proposed to be reduced from 10 hours to 3 hours.

Proposed Tariff

  • Up to 1 hour - 60p
  • Up to 2 hours - £1Up to 3 hours - £1.50

School Road is a short stay car with 48 spaces, including 1 disabled spaces.

Proposed Tariff

  • Up to 1 hour - 80p
  • Up to 2 hours - £1.40
  • Up to 3 hours - £2
  • Up to 4 hours - £2.70
  • Up to 6 hours - £3.70
  • Up to 10 hours - £4.30

Wilmslow Road is a short stay car with 56 spaces, including 3 disabled spaces.

Proposed Tariff

  • Up to 1 hour - 60p
  • Up to 2 hours - £1
  • Up to 3 hours - £2.30
  • Up to 4 hours - £3.30
  • Up to 6 hours - £4.40
  • Up to 10 hours - £5.20

The parking proposals do not affect Blue Badge holders.

Click here to also view the proposals being put forward for Alderley Edge and Wilmslow.

The outcome of the consultation will be considered by the council's highways and transport committee in January 2024, before any decisions are made.

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Comments

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

Simon Atkins
Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 3:07 pm
This is absolutely nuts and another way to kill already struggling businesses in Handforth.
I have always been proud of the free parking in Handforth as the way ALL towns should be if you want to encourage business growth. It is what sets it apart from places like Wilmslow.

Sarcastic slow hand clap for the councillors!
Jean Berman
Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 4:49 pm
Daylight robbery again
John Smith
Wednesday 1st November 2023 at 6:18 pm
I would like to correct the numbers in the article regarding the Handforth Library car park. The authors of the consultation document state there are 46 plus 3 disabled spaces. The disabled spaces number is correct but CEC own only 14 spaces to the rear of the library. 32 spaces to the rear of Handforth Health Centre belong to the Health Centre.

Regarding Simon Atkins' final comment.

Councillors from Handforth Town Council and both Handforth Ward Councillors have been spending the last 6 Saturday mornings in the Paddock Shopping Centre requesting signatures and support for objections to the proposed parking charges. These 354 individual objections (see photo above) are the result of the councillors hard work.

Are these the councillors deserving a sarcastic slow handclap?

John Smith
Cheshire East Ward Councillor - Handforth
Andrew Boxford
Monday 6th November 2023 at 7:36 am
I thought the car park on Wilmslow Road was actually given to the people of Handforth for the use of the people of Handforth and wasn't actually owned by the council.I was told this sometime ago by a member of the Hewitt ( butchers Station Road) family who owned the land and gave it to the local community

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