Lay-by closure fails to deter people from driving to The Edge

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Motorists are continuing to drive to The Edge despite the lay-by on Macclesfield Road being closed to discourage people from traveling and help to ensure social distancing is observed during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Cheshire East Highways have put traffic cones out to stop vehicles from using the lay-by at the top Macclesfield Road, adjacent to Castle Rock, at the request of the police as it had been packed with cars, whilst the National Trust car park is closed.

However, some motorists are continuing to park there or they are parking on Macclesfield Road, at the brow of the hill instead. The photo above was taken on the afternoon of Friday, 24th April.

PCSO Callum Edwards said "8 cars were given Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for unnecessary obstruction by being parked at that location on Saturday. The Edge is on my patrol plan, so I patrol there each day that I am on shift."

Update: Tuesday, 27th April. Cheshire East Council has extended the closure of the lay-by until Friday 8th May.



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

Duncan Herald
Monday 27th April 2020 at 10:14 am
Who is correct, Cheshire East/Police or the General Citizenry?
Who at Cheshire East voted/decided on closing? Officers or Councillors?
Yvonne Bentley
Monday 27th April 2020 at 11:06 am
Either way, still an offence to park opposite a solid white line.
Andy Brown
Monday 27th April 2020 at 11:08 am
Irrespective of your thoughts on whether the council/police should be closing parks/car parks the motorists in that photo are committing an offence by parking opposite a solid white line.
Chris Jones
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 1:36 am
To be honest Duncan you really need to get a grip and think!
Have you been up to the edge in an afternoon and watched what actually goes on.
Total faith in my MP by the way.
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 6:54 am
Lots of cars parked yesterday on Mottram Road. Opposite the cricket club and more so further down. Police official bizarrely wandering through the fields adjacent to the train line when I walked my dogs but unsure what he was attempting to police!!
Alex Constable
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 7:13 am
It is quite obvious that the lay-by and carparks at the Edge are closed to minimise people driving there during lockdown. Why not walk to the Edge? If you have to drive then you must live too far away to be using our local facilities.
Let’s have some consideration for others here. Parking wherever you feel is quite common around here. I am glad those cars have been ticketed. I walked near there last week and a tiny car had parked on the lay-by having squeezed itself between the bollards. Also a couple of cars were on the grass verge opposite the lay-by and I had to walk on the road to pass. Why are people so selfish and self-centred. We need to think about others and the risks to others during lockdown.
Please be considerate. The rules apply to everyone and some people who think they are exempt should have a rethink.
Yvonne Bentley
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 12:48 pm
I agree with Alex and would extend that request to the people parking along all Artists Lane in Nether Alderley. This is the main walking route for the residents of the village who are complying with government advice to exercise locally. This influx of non residents coming into the village increases the chance of interacting with an infected person. The paths are narrow or non existent which makes social distancing difficult. Exercise locally to where you live as the residents of the village are trying to do
Brian Etchells
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 3:21 pm
I have even seen non residents cars parked in Over Alderley village using Hilltop to access the Edge.

People that are “shielding” live in this area.

Stay away unless you live here.
Stephen Justice
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 3:26 pm
Parking next to a solid white line is an offence.

Parking where there are cones is inconsiderate but if they aren’t yellow no waiting cones then I think - but please correct me if wrong - then there’s no offence.

Leaving cones in place when the government has announced that driving to a place to exercise is OK so long as the exercise period is substantially longer than the drive is churlish.

Equally churlish is referring to “our local facilities” - the area in question doesn’t belong to local people and I suggest that particular comment clearly indicates selfish resent and not concern for any potential hazard.
Nick Speakman
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 3:56 pm
Stephen Justice is right. The parking shown is an offence. Driving a short distance to exercise isn't.

I understand the concerns of people not wanting to turn the Edge into a mass gathering but as someone who lives just outside the village on a country lane (I don't know if that makes me "non-resident" or "non-local" maybe someone could let me know where the new boundary is?) which is national speed limit and has motorbikes and cars using the road as a race track, I HAVE to drive somewhere to walk safely.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 4:00 pm
I’d tow the beggars’ cars away. Endangering themselves and others. Totally selfish.
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 4:22 pm
What's the difference between these cars and the builders vans which are always parked on the other side of the road and never get a ticket?
Harry Martin
Tuesday 28th April 2020 at 5:08 pm
There are a few here that seem to know a lot about parking law. Is it legal to park totally on the pavement? I have noticed one then a few like sheep parking in front of houses . I find it really annoying but wonder if I would waste my time complaining.Thanks .
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 9:42 am
HI Harry,

a goodish while ago I had need of trying to find out the 'rules/laws' re. parkiing on verges.
It was a Parish Council thing, back then.
It turns out to be fairly complicated! Now there's a surprise, given the centuries of 'Ye Olde English' laws?
The house-owner where the verge is outside MAY own the land/verge or not BUT the rule of thumb, by the Local Authority, back when I 'researched' this, was to leave the house-owner alone as most house-owners maintaned 'their' verge; maybe that still applies?

Hi Chris,
I'll not get into a its illegal or not; I'm not a lawyer.

As to going to the edge; I have a record of self and a succession of three springer spanials using the Edge, over many years. I found nothing wrong ever and found other users to be friendly and polite. Perhaps the current peculiar times have adversely affected things up there? If so hopefully matters will return to pre-Virus days!

However do you sometimes wonder if our 'Lords and Masters' may forget that they exist to serve us and not just to chivy us around?

I quite agree with your support for our M.P. as she works her socks off to help the voters. I'd love to see Boris bring her back into Government!
Yvonne Bentley
Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 11:37 am
I think that it is an offence to park on pavement if it is adjacent to yellow lines
Natalie Husdan
Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 12:58 pm
The new lockdown legislation doesn't prohibit driving to exercise and the huge area of The Edge doesn't belong to locals. The government also specifically said to keep parks open. I can walk to The Edge but I can totally understand why people would drive for a walk there - especially if they have someone in their family who is disabled or young children who can't walk far for example. They might be sick of wandering around their surrounding streets, maybe they don't live in the nicest or safest area, either way it is far easier to 'social distance' during a walk on The Edge than it is on any pavement. This ridiculous and unnecessary action by Cheshire East authorities is a waste of time and tax payers money and closing this lay-by and other areas like The Carrs car park and Lindow lay-by only makes the lockdown worse and means people will park irresponsibly - as is clear here - or choose to park in residential areas close by.
Stewart Dyer
Saturday 2nd May 2020 at 7:52 am
Harry - I had cause to investigate this a while back, and this is what I was told.
It is not illegal to park on a pavement as long as the pavement is not blocked. As a guideline, there should be space for a pram or wheelchair to pass.
However in London apparently it is illegal to park wholly or partially on a pavement.
Duncan Herald
Sunday 3rd May 2020 at 9:51 am
Just to confuse us even more, the newspapers are now quoting 'scientists' as casting doubts on the whole 6 foot 'thing'!
Chris Jones
Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 9:12 pm
I wasn’t going to reply, however I agree the edge is a beautiful escape and it’s a strange thing that in such a densely wooded area nobody you speak to ever feels threatened. No matter the time of day.
There has been change in the last six weeks . People are driving up to the edge (in groups) from out of the area to shall I say do things they shouldn’t be and then get in their cars and drive off.
Do we let this carry on and become the norm,or do we do what we can and jump on it?