Call to tackle inconsiderate behaviour in the village

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Many residents have become increasingly alarmed by loud and inconsiderate behaviour in our village in the evening and at weekends.

Problems include parking on pelican crossings, double yellow lines and pavements; speeding and reckless driving; loud and late music beyond licensed closing times, anti social behaviour and drug use. These frequently make our home a hostile place to live in. This all came to a head when we recently experienced our first stabbing.

The Parish Council's priority is to ensure that residents feel safe, without adversely impacting on the well-run businesses that cater to the village's vibrant evening and weekend economy. We cannot do this without the help of our police, and for too long now we seem to bear the brunt of poor behaviour without any noticeable police presence.

We have asked for help and support at the highest level and the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane visited the village on Thursday 12th September to discuss future strategies. He has assured us that this support will be given. This followed a meeting the previous week between senior officers from Cheshire Police and Craig Browne and Mike Dudley-Jones representing the Parish Council.

Both meetings were very encouraging and I am grateful to David Keane and Cheshire Police for helping us to meet this challenge. We are working closely together with Cheshire Police and Cheshire East Council at ways of securing a permanent Police base here in the village centre and we wish to assure residents that action is being taken, and that this will become visible very shortly.

Photo: Cllr Mike Dudley-Jones, PCC David Keane, Cllr Liz Marshall, Cllr Geoff Hall

Mike Dudley-Jones

Chairman, Alderley Edge Parish Council

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David Carey
Wednesday 18th September 2019 at 10:31 am
I had to get some cash out of the machine outside Barclays a few weeks ago it was approx. 11.45pm on a Friday night.
Cars were racing about at speed mainly down the centre of the village. People were talking extremely loudly at each other either in the street or from the open areas outside bars and restaurants. Music was blaring out quite loudly from various venues. Cars were parked across a myriad of yellow lines.
A speeding ambulance sirens blazing actually came down the main street and had its speed reduced to a crawl as both cars and people were standing in its way!
Then we have the taxis. I couldn’t get across West Street without manoeuvring through taxis parked ON both sides of the pavements, it is no wonder the pavements are sinking for pedestrians.
I actually thought I had been transported back to Dodge City. Then we had a stabbing, no wonder the residents don’t feel safe, I didn’t and I was only there for less than ten minutes.
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 8:28 am
I have asked Police to tackle the racing louts and the response was a deaf ear. They are only interested in catching ordinary motorists between the hours of 9 till 5 going a few miles over....and to think the want to turn the RBS into ANOTHER bar!! Yes "Dodge City" is a great comparison and if I may add another one (also from the USA), google the infamous "Barbary Coast" area of San Francisco in the 19th Century because that is where we are now headed. I have seen open drug dealing going on in our streets (once on Christmas Eve) with no tough Coppers and one petite female PCSO these criminals know their patch is easy pickings. I don't recognise Alderley Edge sometimes at night and to echo a previous commenter on this forum we do really have "more scum in the village " now.
Roy West
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 10:17 am
What can we do to obtain a stronger police presence? Something has to happen before our previously highly desirable village becomes known more for the rowdy bar zone with the accompanying drugs, than what most of the residents appreciate with the work of people involved in the Alderley in Bloom showing an excellent example.Can we have some proposals from our hard working councillors?
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 5:30 pm
Yes the flowers are looking absolutely wonderful and do show the more "heavenly" side of the village in the early auyumn sunshine at least. Well done Alderley in Bloom.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 19th September 2019 at 9:17 pm
TV Documentary- the Real Face of Alderley Edge?
Kelvin Briggs
Friday 20th September 2019 at 9:22 am
Good to see the white Mercedes ‘parked’ on the pavement on the corner of Lynton Lane given a ticket by a PCSO yesterday.
The whole car was on the pavement obstructing for over 2 hours blocking prams and wheelchair users and making it difficult for pedestrians to pass.
Perhaps a firmer ticketing on West Street will discourage people driving down and parking the wrong way on this one way street making it safer for everyone.
Chris Jones
Friday 20th September 2019 at 11:08 am
Didn’t we have a 13% increase on our council tax for Policing, which David Keane said was to put Police on the beat.
Another comment forgotten about. I hope David Keane finds the stabbing a bit more serious than an opportunity for a chirpy chappie photo.
Just don’t come asking for more money in April it’s a big NO.
Chris Johnson
Friday 20th September 2019 at 10:08 pm
This is not difficult to understand, the village being part of the"golden triangle"will attract all the visiting drug lords from far and wide, to pray on the wealthy vulnerable thrill seekers, and it works, always has and always will.

Sadly the police haven't got a chance of stopping this activity, its massive and out of control, the illegal drugs industry is far bigger than any legitimate business, u.k and globally.

Should the local decent upstanding residents of the village take hum-bridge at the activities that are now prevailing, to vacate may now be the only option, as this activity will not abate, it simply cannot, this heinous activity is so deeply rooted here, suffice to say, local business may well be entrenched in this, against their will.
Chris Jones
Saturday 21st September 2019 at 8:47 pm
Chris
You almost sound as though the problem of drugs is here and we should accept it.
Years ago police would turn up at pubs shut the doors and catch people under age drinking, why don’t they do that now for drugs? For fear of upsetting some jumped up who har maybe!
Wouldn’t it be funny to see a sweep of the village, all doors locked and in go the Spaniels.
Chris Johnson
Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 7:41 am
On the contrary, i dont accept this problem at all, its massivly destructive to all it touches. However government and local policing resources are not equiped to stamp it out, merely just to mop up the emotional, mental and physical trail of misery it leaves.
Chris Jones
Sunday 22nd September 2019 at 7:02 pm
Nonsense , if they want to sort out the drugs problem they can. It doesn’t even have to be intrusive. Just a presence , at least a bloke in uniform with a dog and not the usual box ticker.
It’s the goon with the girly grin above that will always come the lack of resource rubbish and that’s because they haven’t employed the best people for positions in the first place (as proven in court).
I do agree with the misery that drugs bring, a few years ago I reported certain incidents in the village to Cheshire’s finest.
The response ! “You wouldn’t believe what’s going on around there”. I do that’s why I’m reporting it.
End of. Then nothing .

There was at one time a great Portuguese PCSO who actually did sort out drug dealers. He’s moved on however I don’t know why!

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