Drivers issued with tickets for parking on pavements

The reoccurring problem with parking on Cliff Road, which has been safety hazard to wheelchair and pushchair users for many years, resurfaced this weekend with the return of warmer weather.

PCSOs issued seven Fixed Penalty Notices to vehicles obstructing Cliff Road during the afternoon on Sunday, 5th May.

Additionally, they advised approximately a dozen drivers about their parking responsibilities.

Cheshire East Council parking enforcement officers later attended and issued tickets for further offences.

In the summer of 2021 Wilmslow Town Council installed floral planters on the pavement at the bottom of Cliff Road in an attempt to discourage parking on the pavement.

They decided to take action because, whilst this problem started sometime ago, the regularity of such obstructive parking increased during the past two summers.

However, the planters were subsequently removed and relocated due to repeated vandalism.

PCSO Morris said "Clearly the long-term solution for this problem is to prevent vehicles from accessing the pavement, which I am hopeful the local authority will take action on and work is ongoing to encourage this going forward."

On Sunday a vehicle was also issued a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for obstructing the dropped kerb on Green Lane whilst another was given a FPN for obstructing the footpath on South Oak Lane.



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

Richard Mason
Wednesday 8th May 2024 at 9:21 am
Quite right that these nuisance drivers be ticketed. It would be a lot better if they were removed.
I know that a guy was putting cones out up the road last year and that seemed to help but I haven't seen him this year. Someone mentioned putting permanent barriers there, but I think there are restrictions on what can be used, which is just crazy as the cars are the problem so why can't we just move them!
David Nelson
Wednesday 8th May 2024 at 2:54 pm
Curious to know why vehicle registration plates are obscured. Anyone know why?
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 9th May 2024 at 8:08 pm
The primary reason why number plates are obscured is one of privacy. A vehicle's registration plate is classed as personal private information as it is registered to a specific individual.
Roger Thawley
Monday 13th May 2024 at 3:59 pm
Clearly, the long term solution is to increase parking provision in a location where demand is out-stripping supply. There's an area of ground to the west of the parish hall, into which the car park could be extended ....there's even an old access road, which used to serve Carr Mill/Laundry, which could be reopened to improve access.
Richard Mason
Tuesday 14th May 2024 at 2:06 pm
Perhaps we should tarmac over the Carrs and create loads of parking spaces ;-)

Sorry, I know that's me being a little facetious. There's a lot of unused parking at Broadway Meadow - which I know is not as convenient for the Carrs. We need to balance provision versus cost and potential damage to the environment of the Carrs. Part of me thinks that however many parking spaces you provide, there will always be those selfish individuals who park where they want and inconvenience the rest of us.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 15th May 2024 at 2:21 pm
I don't think you are being at all facetious, Richard Mason.

All of your points are entirely valid (we know your suggestion to tarmac all of the Carrs was tongue in cheek but said to prove a point; as Joni Mitchell sang "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot).

We need to look after green spaces, and turning more of the Carrs into a car park extension will simply lose some of that green space to more parked cars. And the selfish so-and-sos who arrive after all the parking is full will continue to park illegally as they do now.

The answer is a firm clamp-down on the selfish idiots - towing away their cars to a distant police compound with great cost and massive inconvenience to retrieve them would do it.

And if they get towed a second time, it's off to the crusher with their cars.
John Harries
Thursday 23rd May 2024 at 10:24 am
There is parking space at both ends of The Carrs. Should that be 'full' then find somewhere else where your vehicle may be legally parked, it's what one would do as a normality. Providing more convenient parking space is NOT the answer however. The Carrs is a public open space donated for the use of the people of Wilmslow; that was 120 years or more ago and the people (of) Wilmslow are now more numerous but also 'others' can now access these free facilities more easily, yes you've guessed it, because of the car. There is adequate parking, just not for lazy incomers who couldn't give a fig. Book, tow and impound them is the right solution, not create even more space for parking, that is not why it was donated to Wilmslow.
Roger Thawley
Sunday 26th May 2024 at 6:27 am
Clearly, alternative parking locations aren't working as an option, they're simply too far away.
The space to the west of the parish hall, is unused, it's not an area where park users congregate. Some of it is buried under discarded tree trunks, part of it is the old access track to Carr Mill, it's an ideal space to provide additional parking, which won't impact the utility or character of the park. We're in the position we're in because there isn't enough parking in the right location...that's what needs fixing.
Vince Chadwick
Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 5:20 pm
Roger Thawley, I strongly disagree that extra parking is the answer. See my post above. Such extra parking space would take precious green space, rapidly fill up, and the selfish ones will still park illegally and disruptively as they do now.

What does need fixing is enforcement action against anti-social parking. Tow away (fines don't cut it - they just get viewed as a parking charge), and for repeat offenders, crush their cars.

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