Leader of Cheshire East Council issues statement on 'Nuisance parking on Alderley Road'


In recent months wilmslow.co.uk has been inundated with complaints from local residents regarding the parking on Alderley Road which we first highlighted as an issue in the summer and have since published several articles and Reader's Letters about.

In September Cheshire East Council confirmed they had commissioned a survey of parking in Wilmslow, covering the town centre, main roads and residential streets where there is considered to be a problem.

The Council said the survey, which commenced the week of September 17th, would assess the impact of parking throughout the working day, from 7am to 7pm, covering weekdays and Saturdays and be complete and ready for analysis by the end of September.

This week, Councillor Rod Menlove confirmed that the portfolio holder is expected to receive the report on the parking survey this month. Following this a meeting of the ward councillors will be held to discuss the findings.

He also confirmed he has been in contact with the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner who will be visiting Wilmslow before the end of November to "see first hand the deficiencies of the policies under which the local police operate".

Today (Friday, 19th October), Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council said: "I am acutely aware of the concerns in relation to parking on Alderley Road, Wilmslow; they have been raised by all the local borough councillors, the town council and members of the public. It is one of the reasons why in the summer I worked to bring forward the Wilmslow Car Parking Survey.

"During the last ten days I have met with officers of this council on three occasions to explore how we can manage this matter in the intervening period without in anyway skewing the outcome of this vital survey work.

"The approach being taken to complete the detailed parking review is now well underway and will assist us in understanding the behavioural patterns which are leading to this parking issue. In recognition of residents' and ward members' concerns I have explored all other potential options to help manage this issue in the meantime.

"I am pleased to report that the Police have agreed to support us, in utilising their powers in relation to illegal parking, whilst we await the outcome of the parking review."

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

Susan Parker
Friday 19th October 2018 at 6:45 pm
Translation: "...the Police have agreed to support us, in utilising their powers in relation to illegal parking" = "doing their job"
Graham McLelland
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 3:55 pm
It is dangerous stupid and selfish of motorists who park in such a narrow roadway.Evidently not got the sense they were born with.There is no way ?I would park my car along that stretch of road because of the damage that could be done to it parked here.
Tim George
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 6:27 pm
Why are the council bothering with all these reviews. The parking on Alderley Road is free. Why will these people go else where if they have to pay. Get the yellow lines down now. There will be an accident soon. The police can act as there are obstructions as detailed in Highway Code Andy the notices placed on cars. There is an underlying reason why the authorities won’t react.
David Hadfield
Sunday 21st October 2018 at 10:48 am
Typical Council procrastinating …. surveys, reviews, more surveys, then reviews on the reviews, it's just unbelievable ….. JUST GET ON WITH IT, BLAST IT !!!
Jon Williams
Sunday 21st October 2018 at 1:54 pm
Totally agree David, yellow paint, one vehicle, two men - one hour -- Simples
Nadine Tipping
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 2:02 pm
I have been parking my car in Wilmslow and commuting into Manchester on the train since 2008, using various long stay car parks until this year when I have now been forced out as there are no spaces left after I have dropped my children at school. When there were sufficient long stay parking spaces for commuters we didn't have this problem on Alderley road. I have watched as all the long stay parking filled up over the years arriving at the situation we have today were there are simply no spaces left after about 8:45 / 9am. I believe commuters are parking on Alderley road as there are no long stay parking spaces for them to park in and not I imagine because it is free, (although there will always be the odd person looking to save a few quid I am sure). I think it is safe to say that the majority of these people would happily pay for a parking space if there were any. Although I would like to add that I have never parked on this stretch of Alderley road as it is clearly dangerous.
Jonathan Lloyd
Thursday 25th October 2018 at 8:16 pm
I agree with Susan.

The Police could practice spotting illegal motoring activity in Alderley.

There’s lots to go at - parking on corners and double yellow lines /dangerous driving / speeding / using one way streets in the wrong direction.....
If they try any Saturday- mid morning - they’ll register a clean sweep in less than 5 minutes.
It’s a lawless place where this illegality has become accepted as the norm.
If there are rules, enforce them or let us all know that there aren’t any.
Adriana Galimberti-Rennie
Friday 26th October 2018 at 7:29 am
I always try to park at the train station as I have weekly work trips to London. As I'm on the last train back my preference is to pay and have the safety of parking by the station. However, other than August, it's become so rare to get a place in either car park that I have to give myself a half hour window as I'm resigned to expecting to find roadside parking and a twenty minute walk, despite always trying the car park first! This is an area with a mainline train service in addition to regional links so clearly when people coming in from the countryside have nowhere to park issues will arise. I wonder if any surveys have highlighted infrastructure issues, maybe that's why residents are being affected by parking problems generally?