Following on from the meeting on Thursday, 14th January, where Alderley Edge Parish Council presented their parking review and strategy, they have now released a consultation document. This represents the first draft which the Parish Council hopes to develop into a more comprehensive strategy addressing the current and future needs of the village.
Having carried out a parking review in June and October 2015, the Parish Council has put together the proposals which they feel will provide the most cost‐ effective solutions. These proposals will add new parking spaces to serve the refurbished Festival Hall and Medical Centre, add new spaces for long stay parking (primarily for those who work in the village) and reconfigure existing village centre car parking (South Street car park the Ryleys Lane Car Park) to provide more short term car parking.
Their recommended solution centres on creating two new car parks:
- Providing 44 car parking spaces.
- This will also include an access road to the Festival Hall to relieve traffic pressures on Stamford and Talbot Roads.
- It will provide additional car parking space for the Festival Hall and Medical Centre
- This solution results in the loss of about 25% of the allotment space.
- According to their consultants the cost would be £200,000, giving a cost per space of £4545.
Chorley Hall Lane
- Providing 100 parking spaces on the lower end of the playing fields.
- This will provide long stay car parking spaces for those working in the village.
- From the work the Parish Council has done so far they feel this is the lowest cost site available and would not result in any loss of amenity to sports clubs using Chorley Hall Lane Playing Fields.
- According to their consultants the cost would be £374,000, giving a cost per space of £3740.
Changes to existing car parks
- South Street will be reconfigured to short term parking only. In due course existing all‐day parking agreements will be phased out.
- Ryleys Lane, which is currently free to use and lacks any formal parking spaces, will – once Chorley Hall Lane Car Park is established – be reconfigured for short term parking.
The Parish Council has also identified further options which will need addressing as the parking strategy develops. These are:
- Schools Drop‐Off and Pick‐Up Initiative
- Re‐assessing Residents Parking Surplus
- Seeking out incremental space gains (from small one or two space areas to much larger 30‐40 space areas privately or commercially owned)
- Renting out day time space on residential drives
- Walking or Cycling – Provision of Cycle Racks in the Village
- Effective Employers Car Share Schemes
- Improvements in Public Transport
The Feedback Form is available to download here. Paper copies are available in the Library, completed copies can be dropped off at the Library or at the Parish Council Office at the Festival Hall.
The results of that consultation will then be reported back at a Feedback Meeting meeting to be held at Alderley Edge Methodist Church on Thursday 11th February.
Images: Proposed layout of car parks at Heyes Lane, Chorley Hall Lane and Ryleys Lane.