Reader's Letter: Wild West parking

Police Commissioner David Keane met up with representatives from Alderley Edge Parish Council back in September 2019 pledging to tackle anti social and inconsiderate behaviour.

How well do you think the village has been supported since then?

Parking, highlighted in the draft Village Neighbourhood Plan as a major issue, seems to be spiralling out of control.

Here's evidence from last Sunday. This vehicle on the pavement and double yellow lines was left all afternoon at the junction of Chorley Hall Lane and Congleton Road.

I'd like to say this was an isolated transgression but it's becoming like the Wild West on the parking front, especially at weekends, with little sign of law enforcement.

Surely we should expect better support and hold David Keane to account?

Any news on a permanent police base in Alderley Edge mentioned back in September?

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

Andy Brown
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 3:22 pm
Parking on Lynton Lane and around Piccolinos, especially at the weekend, can only be described as carnage.

If a fire engine or ambulance need to get anywhere they would find the road blocked for wide vehicles on most occasions.

A few laps by a traffic warden on a weekend would easily cover their wages given the number of tickets they would be giving out.
Claire Brown
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 4:17 pm
Parking in Alderley Edge is totally out of control, and something urgently needs to be done about it. The number of these ridiculously enormous SUVs is growing by the day, often parked fully on narrow pavements outside period little terraced cottages. It's incongruous, hazardous and inconsiderate. Could people not drive a small-size city car in the village, that would immediately ease some of the parking troubles. This is not the huge open spaces of America!
I would like law enforcement for these huge cars parked fully on the pavement. Surely this is not allowed?!!
Jon Williams
Tuesday 28th January 2020 at 8:19 pm
A police car must have passed during the time it was parked on the pavement, they must have had blinkers on.
Any why not show the reg. ?
Derek Mason
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 7:10 am
In the second photo, if you look beyond the De Trafford Arms there is a car parked on Congleton Road. On the adjacent lamp post there is a Police Notice which says “It is an offence to park alongside broken or solid white lines. Please do not park here”. These notices have been in situ for over 2 years. Initially, tickets were issued & it seemed drivers took notice, but sadly, for well over a year now drivers continue to flaunt the regulation without any sanction from either the Traffic Wardens or Police. Maybe we need a period of zero tolerance to these inconsiderate, arrogant drivers to get the message across, or a change in the definition of the offence to “Parking without due care & attention” which would incur penalty points on offender’s licence rather than just a fine, which in many cases here in our village means little.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 9:09 am
Can a PCSO take action?
Have we got our own PCSO any longer?
Kelvin Briggs
Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 3:29 pm
Discovered thanks to a fellow observer with photo evidence that the same vehicle parked on the same pavement on the 9th November 2019, so not the first adventurous episode of pavement / double yellow/ junction obstructive parking this driver has performed. Reported to Police.
David Carey
Friday 31st January 2020 at 9:21 am
This seems to be a never ending story about people who blatantly ignore yellow lines and block pavements. Cars illegally parked cause damage to pavements, or narrow roads by obstructive parking. What about the elderly or disabled people who have to avoid unlawful parked cars on the pavement. There is no doubt that after 6pm and at week-ends the problems are considerably worse so unless there is some enforcement action taken by Traffic Wardens, a PCSO then this problem will not go away. I have to to agree with Derek as zero tolerance is required.
Graham McLelland
Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 2:35 pm
It amazes me that in this area so many high end cars only have 1 number plate when surely the law states there has to be 2.If I notice them when I drive or walk then surely to police do?
Kelvin Briggs
Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 5:09 pm
Isn’t it time David Keane was invited back by Alderley Edge Parish Council for a review of Police progress on village issues since his September 2019 visit? Surely he’s accountable?
He was all laughter on the photo opportunity with our Parish Council folk last September but with further decline since his visit he may struggle to raise a smile as well as enough officers to support our community. Maybe he has a diary date to return for a catch up?
David Hadfield
Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7:16 pm
Kelvin, I couldn't agree more with your suggestion that David Keane should revisit Alderley to see how much worse things have become since his last hopeless and useless visit.
These people pay a brief visit and think that's okay ….. well, it's NOT.
He should spend a week here and then maybe, just maybe, we'll get some action ?
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 8:38 am
May 7th is a date for voting on a 'Police and Crime Commissioner' so you have a choice to retain or replace ?
Alan Brough
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 3:00 pm
Duncan,

And therein lies the problem. We get the opportunity to decide whether to RETAIN or REPLACE this costly and ineffective politician with another costly and ineffective politician?

The only reason we have a Police and Crime Commissioner is to provide a layer of scrutiny over our Police Service. What's wrong with trusting a Chief Constable to get on with running an effective Police Force rather than giving the job to a complete amateur with absolutely no experience or insight into front-line policing?

Isn't it ironic that this expensive individual, with his expensive entourage is advocating that we pay more for a service that is (quite demonstrably) delivering less?
David Hadfield
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 10:47 pm
Alan Brough,
Thank you …. I entirely agree with your comments about Police Commissioners generally, and this one in particular.
Why do we need Police Commissioners anyway ?

Surely, Chief Constables already have more senior authority breathing down their necks (The Home Office / HM Inspectorate, etc) so anything and everything they do is closely scrutinised by numerous authorities ….. why do they have to be answerable to an individual who knows very little about the Police Service but costs the taxpayer a fortune.

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