Council looks to make parking charges fair across borough plus charge on Sundays

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Cheshire East Council is considering whether to carry out a review of the car parking charges to make them fair across the borough and introduce charges for parking on a Sunday.

At the moment parking in council-owned car parks is free in some town and villages such as Alsager, Audlem, Bollington, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Prestbury, Poynton and Sandbach.

Whilst in Wilmslow charges vary from 30p for up to 2 hours at The Carrs, 60p for a hour at Broadway Meadow, 70p for a hour at Hoopers and South Street car parks then 80p at Spring Street. At South Street in Alderley Edge the charge is 50p for the first hour.

Cheshire East Council's highways and transport committee is to consider giving the green light for a consultation to seek people's views on proposals to change parking charges.

The Council says the proposed public consultation would be on measures that would deliver fairness, standardisation and transparency and are aimed at encouraging greener and 'more active' travel, such as walking, cycling and public transport. The proposed changes are designed to support the vitality of our town and village centres.

The main proposals before the committee are to:
● Standardise the approach to parking charges across the borough;
● Introduce parking charges in places where parking is currently free;
● Introduce Sunday parking charges; and
● Introduce waiting restrictions at some on-street parking locations to encourage the use of car parks.

Subject to approval by the committee, the council would hold a 30-day statutory consultation on the proposals starting at the end of September 2021. The statutory minimum consultation for such proposed changes is three weeks.

Final recommendations, following the conclusion of the consultation, would go before a meeting of the council's highways and transport committee for decision. The intention is that any changes to parking would not come into force before January 2022.

The current proposals follow a public survey in autumn 2020 and early 2021 which received more than 3,700 responses.

The survey found:
● 51 per cent of respondent agreed that hourly parking charges should be the same across the borough's car parks;
● 59 per cent supported greater enforcement of illegal and inconsiderate parking;
● Support for a greater range of payments options, including cash-free payments; and
● Support for more electric vehicle charging points in council car parks.



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

Kristina Hulme
Monday 13th September 2021 at 7:42 pm
Truly good news. Had the pleasure of workingand trading in Alderley for many years (27)and car parking charges were more than in Prestbury. This will be so much fairer for residents and traders throughout Cheshire East . Looking forward to maybe having a Cheshire Parking Map or even an App!
Paul Murray
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 3:41 pm
Did you not read this? They want to increase parking charges everywhere. They want to charge on Sundays. They want to say that they asked residents and the residents said they wanted it too. All dressed up to look like they're doing you a favour!
Kelvin Briggs
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 4:22 pm
So would standardisation, Cheshire East style, wipe out the free parking at the Alderley Edge park? Workers who fill it during the week move on to free local side streets, avenues, alleyways and green spaces?
Raymond Walker
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 7:08 pm
The Northern councils seem to be more Parking charge greedy than the southern ones. Maybe Sunday charges can bring the weekday ones to a tolerable level and lets hope that shop and supermarket workers are payed double time during any Sunday trading...
Malcolm Elliott
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 8:06 pm
Are there any motorcycle parking bays in Cheshire East ?.
Craig Browne
Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 9:46 pm
Hi Malcolm,

There are indeed. Dedicated motorcycle spaces (off road) are available at the following Cheshire East Car Parks:

Churchill Way (8 spaces)
Exchange Street (2 spaces)

Delamere Street (2 spaces)
Pedley Street (3 spaces)
Victoria Street (2 spaces)
Hope Street (1 space)
Holly Bank (2 spaces)
Oak Street (4 spaces)
Edleston Road (1 space)

Bowling Green (2 spaces)
Snow Hill (1 space)
Civic Hall (2 spaces)

Kind regards,
Malcolm Elliott
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 8:44 am
Are any motorcycle parking spaces planned for Alderley Edge ,Wilmslow and neck of the woods ?
Malcolm Elliott
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 9:33 am
Are any motorcycle parking spaces planned for Alderley Edge ,Wilmslow and neck of the woods ?
Sorry, not Handfoth........Poynton and Knutsford
Duncan Herald
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 3:45 pm
When the last doing-up of the Park's car park took place, was there not an intention to find a way of making parking there be free for parents with young children who needed to bring the children to play in the park?
If so, can that be taken into account re. the forthcoming alterations to Cheshire East parking charges?