Councillor Browne reports on 'an interesting year' of developments for the village


Councillor Craig Browne reported on what has been 'an interesting year' at the annual Parish Meeting on Monday, 8th May, where 27 residents, including representatives from community groups, joined parish councillors.

In addition to sitting on several council committees and attending lots of meetings at Macclesfield and Sandbach, Craig Browne has reported 41 potholes and 77 defective streetlights in Alderley Edge.

He has also reported every street in the village for street sweeping and gully clearing and the next one will take place on South Street later this month.

In the past 12 months there have been a number of highways improvement projects funded through the Local Highways Partnership Project including a complete resurfacing of Ryleys Lane car park and Talbot Road as well as patching works on Brook Lane, Hough Lane, Annis Road and Downesway.

Additionally 15 new parking spaces have been created on South Street, West Street, Stevens Street and London Road.

Councillor Craig Browne said "Looking forward to the next 12 months the footpaths on Oakfield Road, Moss Road and Beech Close are all going to be resurfaced and upgraded. In fact work on this is imminent and should begin later this week.

"Working with Cheshire East officers I am also waiting for confirmation that a number of other projects have been added to this year's capital programme, these include a complete resurfacing of Heyes Lane from Moss Road through to the lay-by on Hough Lane, complete resurfacing of Wilmslow Road from Horseshoe Lane over the railway bridge to the junction with Heyes Lane and a new footpath to be installed on the opposite side of the railway bridge between Piccolinos and Heyes Lane, partly to improve pedestrian access to the village but also as a traffic calming measure."

An assessment has also been carried out into the viability of adding a pedestrian crossing on Ryleys Lane to assist children on their way to school and Councillor Browne is now working with officers to explore whether some of the section 106 fund could be used to enable that project to go ahead, which would cost in the region of £60,000.

An assessment has also been carried out into the feasibility of a one-way system of part of Chorley Hall Lane which would enable the footpath over the railway bridge to be widened and an additional 18 long stay parking bays to be created. As a result South Street car park could be reduced to a minimum waiting time of three hours to increase the turnover of spaces. This will be subject to a public consultation shortly.

A consultation will also be shortly launched into the introduction of a one-way system on George Street, South Street and West Street.

Councillor Craig Browne said "The idea behind this is to try and improve safety at the junction of South Street and West Street which is currently a blind turn but would also enable the creation of a further 7 short stay parking spaces on George Street. This would bring the number of new parking spaces created since 2015 to 40, which when you think about it is the equivalent of another Ryleys Lane car park."

Craig Browne has also continued to push Cheshire East Council for another car park for the village. They have confirmed that "extending the Ryleys Lane car park is the only really viable option." but there is no money in the budget to pay for this in the 2017/18 financial year.

He added "At the same time we have been working with the Allotment Society to try and progress the idea of a 40 to 50 space car park at Heyes Lane. However there are outstanding issues relating to the removal of the land covenant which we have discovered is linked to the neighbouring property and also the need to identify a plot of allotment land which could compensate for the space which would be taken away."

Craig Browne, Parking, Parking


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

Malcolm Gatley
Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 5:57 pm
Thank you for the information
We live in Beaufort Close. To walk to the village we have to negotiate this road, Devonshire Drive, Marlborough Avenue, Moss Lane and either Heyes Lane, Steven St or Clifton St. The pavements are so irregular that, having fallen and sustained a serious injury in the past (not locallly) we feel safer walking on the potholed car roads than on the the hazardous pavements.

This area seems to have been forgotten when it comes to road and street maintenance/repair.
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7:44 pm
Well, I would like to say thank you. Sorting out EC is not easy.
Graeme Simister
Friday 12th May 2017 at 10:53 am
Chorley Hall Lane
The proposed one way system should be a non-starter. The effects of it will be:
1. Traffic will be forced through the village along a London Road that is often congested and will increase the air pollution in that are.
2. Vehicles will have to travel down Ryleys Lane and the three schools in that area, where it is already proposed to have an extra crossing presumably because the road is already considered unsafe for the pupils and parents.
3. What happens to traffic when London Road is closed for events such as the Christmas Light's switch on, the St George's day and Rememberance Day parades, the procession for the fair in the park, etc.?
The other question is is the result of the survey assessing its necessity to be published?
Proposed additional crossing on Ryleys Lane
The effect of this crossing will be to reduce considerably the number of parking spaces on that road, to allow a small number of children who actually walk to the Ryleys to be able to cross. Spend the £60,000 on traffic lights on the bridge on Chorley Hall Lane
Fenton Simpson
Monday 15th May 2017 at 4:41 pm
Thank you Craig for all your work so far. In particular with my father in law's wheel chair access "road trip" through the village.

You work very hard for the village.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 12:40 pm
Fenton - Is it possible your "father in law" could have a road trip towards the cemetery to see what many older (and younger) people have to put up with while walking on the poor footpaths near Ryleys Farm and around the corner towards the bridge
Christine Munro
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 5:48 pm
Hello Jon and Fenton, I have just come back from walking to the cemetery and was surprised at how much better the footpaths were. The only place I found difficult to negotiate was a small section close to the cemetery where the hedge was overgrowing the footpath. Walking past Chorley Hall and towards the bridge and cemetery I found the hedge was well cut back, and although the soil has encroached a bit onto the footpath it certainly is wide enough for a push chair or wheelchair.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 7:26 pm
Hello Christine: The reason the footpath has been improved is because myself and a few others have told C/E that it must be kept clear because of the new Disability Discrimination Act, but sadly like most of C/E it fell on deaf ears, I have just got back from walking along this footpath and you can not safely go along with a pram or wheelchair - why, because we have a lamp post on the way (or an hedge) depending on how you look at it.
Craig Browne
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 10:49 pm
Hello Jon,

As you know, several months ago I called round to see you to discuss this, following which I put in a request to CE Highways for footpath clearance.

The work was carried out earlier this year and I posted before and after photographs both to my twitter account and my blog.

You can see them by following either

Although it is not always possible for the Highways Team to act as quickly as we would like, they are normally very responsive.

Kind regards,