Action taken to help solve speeding and anti-social behaviour on A34


Following a public meeting held in September 2021 by the Police and Crime Commissioner, to discuss speeding and anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues on the A34 in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, John Dwyer has provided an update on some actions that have recently been taken by Cheshire Police.

Mr Dwyer said "As promised, Inspector Steve Griffiths has been in communication with Kensington and Chelsea Council to discuss the outcome of their trial of acoustic cameras. This trial was successful and the Council there is looking to install more cameras. Their scheme works through a partnership between the police and the Council whereby drivers whose vehicles are identified as breaching a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) – led by the Council – are fined after being picked up by the acoustic cameras.

"A Kensington and Chelsea Council officer involved in leading their scheme has offered to visit the affected area of the A34 and provide his expert opinion on whether the above solution could also work here. Inspector Griffiths has also contacted Cheshire East Council's highways team to advise them of the potential solution and to open up that line of communication."

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire added "Further to the above, trees have been planted on the A34 which should have the desired effect of dampening road noise. The Constabulary has also purchased more noise monitoring equipment and stepped up enforcement along affected areas of the A34.

"I trust this reassures you about the action being taken on the issues that residents have raised."

As many residents will be aware there was another illegal car meet, involving approximately 70 vehicles, on the A34 on Saturday, 22nd January. Police attended the incident by the Ford roundabout at 8:43pm and I am currently waiting for information from them regarding the action taken and whether there were any arrests.



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

Fiona Doorbar
Monday 24th January 2022 at 4:39 pm
It’s not just the A34 that has noise pollution issues…. What is proposed to sort the issue out on London Road and other feeder roads in and out of Alderley?
Stephen Maynard
Monday 24th January 2022 at 6:36 pm
Ah so that why he got such a good pay rise just 5 months into the job - keep up the hard work - personally I haven’t seen any change and in the meantime we seem to read about more burglaries in the area - how can Cheshire East justify such wasteful expenditure by pushing up our Council Tax to pay for this nonsense
David Smith
Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 7:02 pm
Will someone please explain to me how planting a few trees along the A34 can have ANY effect on reducing the noise from the high and annoying levels of illegal exhausts of cars driven by motorists whose purpose is to make as much noise as possible in the guise of having 'fun'? What is the name of the 'dull spark' who thought this idea up?

I am in my study at the front of my house about 100 yards away and can hear the exhausts through double glazing, through a wooded area of mature [100 year old] trees, then the railway line, then some more trees and several brick houses before finally arriving at the A34 which is still in a cutting and so partially below ground level. So how on earth can planting a few trees along the A34 make anything but 'sod all' difference in noise levels for the poor folk who live very close to the A34 and are so badly affected by this dreadful situation?

Isn't it about time that the various other councillors started to get stuck into this problem? We don't hear a peep from all but a few. Where are the comments from Lata Anderson, recently elected councillor for Dean Row & the Wilmslow Town Councillor for Wilmslow East both - areas most affected by the proximity to the A34? Or Chetan Katre of Wilmslow Town Council who lives next to the A538 spur off the A34.

Decibel cameras must be the way to go when put to good use. This will mean having them moved around the area to cover different roads so as to catch the culprits unaware and so make the problem go away. As Fiona Doorbar says it isn’t just the A34 but also Alderley Edge main street plus various roads around the local area including Wilmslow and probably parts of Macclesfield, Congleton…..

Now get this:
There’s one thing we all need to understand. These boy racers and their noise buckets who wish to race along ALL and ANY of our local roads just do not mix well with mum, dad and their young children out on a pleasant Sunday afternoon or evening for a leisurely family outing by bike and get mown down by one of these morons who just sees our narrow winding country lanes as nothing more than a race track along which to take every bend as fast as possible. Sooner or later there will be a terrible accident and only then will we all be only too aware of all those who represent us in various ways to prevent such a happening but have actually done nothing to try and stop such an occurrence.
David Hadfield
Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 6:35 am
David Smith, your comment above (Tuesday 25th January) is spot-on and highlights the inefficiency and worthless action taken so far to combat these car idiots.
Well Done ..... your regular comments are always inspiring to the majority of us living in Alderley Edge ..... (but not possibly the councillors and other officials who are elected to work FOR us)
Marcus Holt
Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 9:56 am
Maybe I am missing something here judging by most the comments above....but what exactly do you want the council to do??? They are already in discussions with other bodies to see what fits best, surely we need to find out what is going to work before our money is committed, equally its the police who have the responsibility for dealing with driving offences not our local council. I really don't care what the council are doing about it, I want to know what the police are doing about it, why cant they stop it or prevent them from happening? My council tax is already spent on an organistion who deal with breaches of the law and its headed by the PCC (who is getting more from our council tax this coming year) so please deal with the law breakers, or do I just have to simplistic a view?
David Hadfield
Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 12:44 pm
Marcus Holt ..... you want to know what our police are doing about it ?
They are planting trees, FFS, to reduce the noise !
Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous ?