A recent survey has shown high levels of support among residents for the introduction of a 20mph zone and traffic calming infrastructure in the village centre.
Residents were asked to indicate their support, or otherwise for, the introduction of a 20mph zone in the village centre; the installation of raised tables at existing pedestrian crossing points; the creation of a mini roundabout at the junction with Brook Lane and additional traffic and traffic calming measures throughout the proposed 20mph zone.
Over 200 responses were received to the survey, which was promoted on alderleyedge.com, over the course of one week.
85% of respondents agreed that the introduction of a 20mph zone is an appropriate response to the problem of anti-social driving in Alderley Edge.
Whilst the introduction of a mini-roundabout at the junction of Brook Lane was the most popular measure, even amongst those who do not recognise anti-social driving as a problem in Alderley Edge, with 86% in favour.
85% also supported the introduction of raised tables at the pedestrian crossing points on Wilmslow Road, London Road and Ryleys Lane, as a further traffic calming measure,
Councillor Craig Browne said "The survey results suggest that the limits of the 20mph zone may need to be reviewed and amended (or extended) before a final design is produced and consulted on in the New Year."
He added "Of those respondents not in agreement with the scheme, many were resident in outlying areas (e.g. Wilmslow) who wanted the proposals to be extended to their own neighbourhoods."
The Survey Results
1. Do you agree that the proposed introduction of a 20mph zone is an appropriate response to the problem of anti-social driving in Alderley Edge?
2. In addition to the introduction of a 20mph zone, it is proposed to install a mini roundabout at the junction of Brook Lane and Wilmslow Road. Do you agree with this?
3. As a further traffic calming measure, raised tables would be introduced at the pedestrian crossing points on Wilmslow Road, London Road and Ryleys Lane. Do you agree with this?
4. As a further traffic calming measure, physical infrastructure would be introduced in parts of the 20mph zone. do you agree with this?
5. Thinking about the extent of the proposed 20mph zone, do you feel that the selected area is correct?
The comments received included:
- As a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian, fully agree with the measures being proposed, Brook Lane has long required an improved junction.
- All round the village we should have 20mph zones, the roads leading off. It should also be discouraged to drive enormous 4 wheel drive cars into the village as well.
- There does not need to be a 20 zone in the village. The existing speed limits should be enforced - they are adequate.
- Super cars add great flavour to Alderley edge village. Many children and young adults go to the area to take video and photos. Why take this away from them.
Further suggestions included:
- There needs to be restrictions on pedestrians causing a public nuisance both in Alderley Edge and in areas surrounding the bypass roundabouts.
- I think it should be extended towards nether alderley primary school which sees cars speeding and over taking at speeds well in excess of 60mph.
- Heyes Lane and Mottram Road are also used as a "supercar" route and the 20 mph zone should include a few hundred yards along each.
- I think getting rid of the car spotters would be a better idea then they've got no one to show off too.
Speaking about the next stage, Councillor Craig Browne said "These have been fed back to officers from Cheshire East Highways, who will draw up a final scheme for formal consultation early in the New Year."