Reader's Letter: Will a cyclist have to die, or be seriously injured before action is taken?

Back on the 3rd of August I sent in a Reader's Letter and a photo, showing dangerous parking opposite the Coach and Four and asked if a cyclist had to die, or be seriously injured, before action was taken.

This kicked off quite a storm of opinions, on Facebook and elsewhere and prompted a piece on this website: As far as I can tell, since then, nothing tangible has happened on the ground.

Yesterday I walked to Wilmslow station and back and took a couple of photos as I was passing (I didn't wait for these to happen, they were just as a walked there, tractor photo, and back, truck photo, from the station.

I repeat my question; will a cyclist have to die, or be seriously injured before action is taken?

The black car (in both photos) was at the end of a line of parked cars - how can this not be considered an obstruction?

It has been suggested that, as a temporary fix, Cheshire East Council could simply put some no-parking cones out, while they get their act together with surveys, or whatever. How difficult could that be?

The third photo was taken a few days ago and shows what happens when cones are put out - the problem immediately goes away; these four cones have been put in place by the management of the Chapelwood deveopment, because their residents cannot see clearly enough to make a safe exit onto Alderley Road. Simple, no? Too simple for Cheshire East Council, apparently.

Alderley Road, Reader's Letter


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

Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 12:45 pm
This situation is dreadfully dangerous. Action should be taken to prevent this irresponsible parking ASAP. I fear it is only a matter of time before this catches on in Alderley and we will have cars dumped opposite the Merlin and right up to the village as no lines on this stretch of road so nothing to stop people I guess?!
Erica Maslen
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 1:36 pm
And its spreading back down to the church - where all the High School students cross the road. At the very least parking that close to junctions and crossings could be penalised.
Andy Brown
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 3:43 pm
Drove through Wilmslow last week.

I actually couldn't believe people had parked there. Even more staggering is that the cars all had their wing mirrors intact when you consider the wagons that hurtle through the place.

Double yellow lines required and pronto!
Jon Williams
Thursday 11th October 2018 at 4:17 pm
We have deaths on the by-pass and C/E have done nothing about this (under Brook Lane bridge)
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 14th October 2018 at 9:38 pm
Macc' Road on Friday I saw a young mum struggling with a double buggy in the horrendous weather trying to negotiate the footpath and dealing with idiots who have now taken to parking on the pavement on BOTH sides. Compounded by 2 complete fools who had put their entire vehicles on the pavement to park. It is unfair that these selfish , dangerous actions often get a Police advisory notice whilst pensioners who try to pay for parking in Sainsburys Car Park in Wilmslow struggle to use 1/2 the machines as they are faulty. One elderly friend paid in one of the few functioning machines but it was just away from where they had parked and they got a £60 penalty notice. Why do the selfish, entitled few go unpunished?
Tim George
Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 6:26 pm
Tickets being given in Alderley so why not in Wilmslow. Not only cyclists high school pupils crossing at church. Why can they park here for free when rest of us have to pay ?
William Harris
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 5:25 pm
Sadly these cars parked on London road are not illegally parked. They represent an inconvenience not an obstruction. Don’t expect the under resourced police to get involved in a matter that Cheshire highways should and could easily and quickly resolve. However don’t hold your breath they will be busy painting more useless white lines all over the middle of the road by the traffic lights to cause yet more delays!