Proposals for new parking charges including Ryleys Lane car park


As reported last week, Cheshire East Council is proposing to make a number of changes to car parking charges which would standardise tariffs across the Council's car parks and generate over £1.2m in additional income.

The proposed scale of charges would be:

Zone One - central car parks

  • Up to 30 mins - 40p
  • Up to 1 hr - 80p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.20
  • 2-3 hours - £2.40
  • 3-4 hours - £3.50
  • 4-6 hours - £4.40
  • 6-10 hours - £5.60

Zone Two - edge fo centre or out of town car parks or car parks serving Local Service Centres*

  • Up to 30 mins - 30p
  • Up to 1 hr - 60p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.10
  • 2-3 hours - £1.80
  • 3-4 hours - £2.60
  • 4-6 hours - £3.20
  • 6-10 hours - £3.40

Zone 1 tariff bands will apply to car parks at rail stations apart from all-day parking which will remain unchanged at £7.50.

Proposals also include introducing parking charges in the following eight towns and villages where parking is currently free: Alsager, Bollington, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Prestbury, Poynton and Sandbach.

This would result in charges being introduced in Handforth library car park (zone 1), School Road car park (zone 1) and Wilmslow Road car park (zone 2).

Additionally, parking charges are proposed at 4 other car parks which are currently free, including the one on Ryleys Lane in Alderley Edge (zone 2).

A Sunday parking charge would also be introduced in Council-managed car parks which would be applicable between 8am and 6pm, including Bank Holidays. The 30 mins tariffs will apply and the maximum tariff will be £1 for stays of over one hour. These charges have been modified from the original proposals because 88% of 3783 respondents to borough wide survey carried out during the Autumn of 2020 disagreed with Sunday parking charges.

The proposed tariffs, which are consistent with the existing charges in Macclesfield and Crewe car parks, would result in an increase in the cost of parking in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Current charges in Wilmslow 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.

If adopted the proposals would generate an additional £1,282,277 per annum for Cheshire East Council.

Cheshire East Council's highways and transport committee is to consider giving the green light for a consultation to seek people's views on the proposals at their meeting on Tuesday, 21st September.

* There are 13 of these - Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Bunbury, Chelford, Disley, Goostrey, Haslington, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley, Prestbury, Shavington and Wrenbury.



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

Marc Asquith
Thursday 16th September 2021 at 2:01 pm
Someone should warn the residents of the lakes estate that they are about to be invaded by the commuters who have historically parked in the Park car park for free.
Stephen Maynard
Friday 17th September 2021 at 9:39 pm
So where will they reinvest the extra money that they are raising- in their own pension pot I presume
Kelvin Briggs
Saturday 18th September 2021 at 10:53 am
Could the extra income fund an extension of the Ryleys Lane car park? With the withdrawal of the small Heyes Lane car park proposal to support the Medical Centre and Festival Hall it might come in useful.
David Blow
Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 5:39 pm
I agree with Marc so could only support this idea if Ryleys Lane, Eaton Drive, Meadow Brow and the Lakes estate are double yellow lined and properly managed. Just charging will likely result in an empty car park and more full day street parking so no point extending the car park in this scenario.
Duncan Marr
Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 7:27 pm
Surely the original purpose of the car park was to encourage commutors to use the trains without inconvenience to local residents.David Blow is 100% correct in that the introduction of charges will merely shift parking onto the already overloaded surrounding areas.The only positive element is that the Yummy mummies will have to consider walking their children to school when there is no longer any parking space for the Bentaya.
Raymond James Wallace
Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 10:05 pm
So the nightmare starts again. People are going to be forced out of designated parking spots and end up parking on main roads causing havoc for motorists and cyclists and school children walking to school, not to mention the emergency services that have been blocked from getting to where they need to be due to cars parked on narrow streets, cul-de-sacs etc., then you have the traffic wardens licking their lips who cannot wait to slap another ticket on your window screen. If you could park free in car parks, then the saving would be made by not having to have traffic wardens as everyone will be where they need to be in a “car park”.