Are the new double yellow lines making a difference?


Cheshire East Council has painted double yellow lines around road junctions on nine residential streets in the village to improve safety around the schools.

The scheme has been introduced to prevent dangerous and obstructive parking on sections of Grasmere Road, Windermere Drive, Redesmere Drive, Ryleys Lane, Eaton Drive, Meadow Brow, Sutton Lane and Wilton Crescent.

However, one local resident has contacted us to say that the changes have made absolutely no difference as some drivers are ignoring the restrictions and continuing to park on the junctions.

Eric Teasdale sent me the above photo which was taken at 8.50am on Thursday, 19th November, at the corner of Eaton Drive and Sutton Road.

He said "I asked the driver not to park there as it obstructs vision when there are children going to school. He was abusive and told me he doesn't like dealing with little people (like me).

"I politely suggested he bring himself up to date on The Highway Code. He said he was too busy and blew me a kiss as he drove off."

Eric added "This matter was reported to the police who will be following up on it."

Eaton Drive, Parking, Parking


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

Colin Smalley
Friday 20th November 2015 at 1:40 pm
They may do when the council can get the job done as there are cars parked on both Redesmere and Ryleys Lane where the yellow lines are to be painted.

On day 1 they could not complete the lines on Windermere as a car was parked there. The following days another car was parked in the same spot when it was clear that this was too be a double yellow line section.

This comes down to common sense ( the driver today obviously had none), Highway Code and the Police enforcing the law

Brian Davies
Friday 20th November 2015 at 7:43 pm
If yellow lines are not observed why not issue a parking ticket plus one Penalty point for each ticket.
After a few points issued double yellow will begin to be observed,or loose licence ?.
Eric Teasdale
Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 9:11 pm
The Head of Alderley Edge Primary School indicated to me that he was "so sorry that a parent from my school spoke to you in the way that he did and also parked on the pavement and double yellow lines."

He than sent a letter as follows :

" Dear Parents,


I am hugely disappointed and saddened by the selfish attitude and rudeness demonstrated by a small minority of parents in relation to parking near school.

I have yet again received a complaint from a local resident of one of our parents being rude to the neighbour in relation to parking.

I have also been sent photographic evidence of inconsiderate parking. It shows not only a car parked on double yellow lines, but also on the pavement and on a corner.

We are constantly working with your children in school to develop the right sort of attitudes - adhering to rules, being considerate towards others and using appropriate language, to name but a few.

Last year, a parent was reported to the Police after she stuck two fingers up at a neighbour over a parking dispute. The Police subsequently visited this parent at home to challenge this behaviour.

I am appealing to the small minority of parents, who cause these problems, to please park considerately, legally and to be polite to our neighbours.

Any further photographs and/or reports of abusive language sent to me will be forwarded to the Police.

Yours sincerely,

C.P Perry


I hate aggressive behaviour, laziness (being unwilling to park legally and safely, and walk a few extra yards) and blatant rudeness.

Dr Eric L Teasdale
Jonathan Savill
Monday 23rd November 2015 at 10:26 am
Full credit to the Head Teacher here. Perfectly balanced letter, particularly the paragraph concerning behaviour , tacitly suggesting that the parents should be leading by example.

Maybe the charmless self important clown encountered by Eric might even take note.
David Carey
Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 2:50 pm
Got to get tougher with people parking on double Yellow lines as I have said in the past, trouble is after 6pm people flout it anyway, and park wherever they want which can be really dangerous for everyone. Speaking of dangerous Cheshire East seem to have forgotten to finish the white lines on the sharp bends on the Hough as you come into Alderley, a serious accident waiting to happen.
Duncan Marr
Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 10:43 am
Points on licences are the only way to stop this illegal parking problem.The concept of penalty points is to change the behaviour of drivers who endanger other road users (normally by speeding) There is a strong argument that illegal parking is even more dangerous than speeding in that it obstructs vision for other drivers, blocks the entrance of emergency vehicles, puts pedestrians at risk (particularly children) etc etc

It is clear that the imposition of financial penalties is of no consequence to the drivers of the "average" £60,000 Chelsea tractor and this should be recognised by the authorities, however much they enjoy the resultant revenues.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 6:40 pm
It just goes to show how poorly thought out the 'displacement effect' of yellow lines impacts on a considered & meaningful parking solution.... just look at London Rd / Congleton Road or Wilmslow ...... No lessons being learnt here ... so carry on regardless !
Tony Robbins
Thursday 26th November 2015 at 8:37 am
I live less than 50 metres from Eric on Sutton Road and are reasonably happy to have parents park on the road outside our house for the few minutes it takes to drop off and pick up children twice a day, but what I am concerned about is the amount of cars that actually park ON the pedestrian path both on Sutton road and Eaton Drive. Tony Robbins, resident.
Dave Clarke
Friday 27th November 2015 at 4:40 pm
I do believe that the yellow lines recently ntroduced have had positive impact and parking and safety have improved. However I am sad to say that today I have seen two large 4 wheel drive vehicles (nether of them the audi in the photograph parked on the pavement across the yellow lines. One vehicle at 08:30 and one 15:35. My fear is that unless the expensively introduced yellow lines are enforced we will see 'poor & illegal parking creep' in effect more people will illegally park as enforcement does not occur.

The letter by the Head of the school was great balanced and from a genuine position. I truly hope I am proved wrong but suspect we will see more and more disregard for the lines.
Jon Williams
Friday 27th November 2015 at 5:08 pm
Parents could have children at ANY of the three schools and the girls school has a new Head. Time for a stronger letter !