Following requests from several readers, I asked Alderley Edge Parish Council to send me the costings for the options currently being considered as part of their Parking Review - should any of readers wish to go through the breakdown.
These have been provided to the Parish Council by Arcus Consulting who looked into how much it would cost to create 44 car parking spaces at the Heyes Lane Allotment Site along with an access road to the Festival Hall, providing 100 parking spaces on the lower end of Chorley Hall Playing Fields and introducing formal parking arrangements to the car park at Ryleys Lane.
Additionally Arcus Consulting have provided costings for the former Parish Council's proposal to create 142 car parking spaces at Heyes Lane.
Speaking about the costs provided Councillor Dudley-Jones said "They are an indication of the basic affordability of each of the sites we have presented as offering us, as a Village, an improvement in our parking situation. These figures will give us all enough information to make a judgement on affordability.
"They are 'limited' in scope in certain areas. For example, it is well known to us that were the Chorley Hall site to be adopted there would be considerable extra costs involved in perhaps changing the traffic regime, introducing effective traffic calming measures, improving pedestrian safety, and installing payment regime instrumentation to name but a few. But in our judgement, whilst this may cause the final cost to increase, it will not double or treble the cost.
"The same could be said of our proposal to build an access road and extra car parking on Heyes Lane. Drainage costs here, like Chorley Hall Lane, are a concern. Both sets of costings have contingency costs built into them but it may not be quite enough. It is only when a more detailed examination of the project takes place (which we have chosen not to pay for at this stage) will we actually know but again these final costs won't be double or treble the costs we have proposed."
Mike added "However, the Village may choose to recommend that we focus all of our attention on Heyes Lane and build what the last Parish Council 'told' the Village was the perfect car park. After all, they said, it will cost £280,000 and 140 cars will be parked at £2,000.00 per space. Incidentally, these spaces were to be for long term parking only at £0.40 per day still leaving the Festival Hall somewhat 'landlocked'."
"Our basic affordability costings show that this is nonsense and a complete car park for about 100 cars on Heyes Lane will cost around £630,000 -£800,000. I say for about 100 cars because we doubt whether the whole site could be used with the huge problems and costs that are involved in addressing the culvert and water course which sits in the middle of the plot. Indications are that the last houses built recently on the east of the site are causing water table concerns as the Heyes Lane water struggles find a place to go."
Click on the links to download the costs for:
- Heyes Lane - 44 spaces using traditional tarmac.
- Heyes Lane - 44 spaces using semi-permeable tarmac.
- Heyes Lane - the former Parish Council's proposal for 142 spaces, using both semi-permeable and traditional tarmac.
- Chorley Hall Lane - 100 spaces using traditional tarmac.
- Chorley Hall Lane - 100 spaces using semi-permeable tarmac.
- Ryleys Lane - introducing formal parking arrangements using both semi-permeable and traditional tarmac. Plus the option of adding a second level using a removable steel frame.
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 7pm at Alderley Edge Methodist Church on Thursday 11th February.
Images: Proposed layout of car parks at Chorley Hall Lane, Heyes Lane and Ryleys Lane.
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