Noise camera trial on A34 to be extended


As many residents will recall, acoustic cameras were installed on the A34 Pendleton Way towards the end of October last year.

It has now been confirmed that the initial three month trial period will be extended by a further three months.

Over the course of the initial trial period, from 1st November 2022 to 31st January 2023, there were 239 activations of the camera - including four repeat offences within the first month.

Councillor Craig Browne explained "Following the extension of the trial Cheshire East Highways, working with statutory partners in the Multi-Agency Action Group (including Cheshire Police) will need to give consideration to the making of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

"A PSPO would enable fines to be issued: up to £100 for a first offence."

The noise-activated cameras, which were purchased and installed as a joint venture between the Police & Crime Commissioner and Cheshire East Highways to crack down on noisy anti-social motorists. Placed on a roundabout approach on the A34 Pendleton Way, between Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, they are monitored, virtually, by Cheshire Police.



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

Bryan Jobling
Sunday 9th April 2023 at 7:34 am
The camera must be being activated every 5 minutes this weekend, it’s just like the ‘good old days’.
Surely it must be time to enforce or scrap, this has been going on way too long already.
Nick Jones
Sunday 16th April 2023 at 8:14 am
A complete waste of time effort and money..... Hundreds of thousands of cars have passed with no issues.... one or two ( not many.. dont know the numbers ) have activated the noise threshold... and No prosecutions.
How can that be proportionate or justified to continue ?.. and now it appears that no prosecutions can occur unless it is assigned under ' a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)' for Law enforcement to then enforce.... ???
This really doesn't make sense ... It would appear more actual physical presence and enforcement is the requirement , as was stated many times prior to this 'trial' period commencing...
Driving past this equipment is a bit like driving past Andy Burnham's 'badges of dishonour 3000+ ULEZ zone signs'... with no legislation or infrastructure to enforce them, that now read..UNDER REVIEW !..... well dont review or continue this for the same reasons... use common sense and appropriate resources to deal with this if its such a problem.
David Hadfield
Sunday 16th April 2023 at 7:02 pm
I was in the village yesterday (Saturday 15th April) and personally witnessed so much noise from these supercars revving up and screaming off.

I also saw one idiot go from a standing start to, say, 50 or 60.mph within a few seconds, setting off from outside Costa Coffee to just past the entrance to the Waitrose car park ..... he purposely left a large gap between him and the car way ahead of him, then just floored it, with the engine and tyres making an almighty noise.

The residents of Alderley Edge have had enough !

The Police / Authorities must stop these lunatics before someone is killed.
Pete Taylor
Monday 17th April 2023 at 6:28 am
It would be a good start if every car failing to display a front number plate was pulled over in the village centre, then a hand-held calibrated noise check (they use one of these at Oulton Park, cost £400, according to the fellow I spoke to). Job done, no public space nonsense required.
David Hadfield
Tuesday 18th April 2023 at 10:48 am
Great comment / suggestion from Pete Taylor ..... I agree entirely.
Kelvin Briggs
Tuesday 18th April 2023 at 11:32 am
David Hadfield witnessed both noise and a speeding car exciting the camera kids.
Presumably the Parish Council funded CCTV outside the old Barclays Bank captured this and the Police can ‘have a word’ with the owner of the car
David Hadfield
Tuesday 18th April 2023 at 1:51 pm
Thanks Kelvin,
Funnily enough, on this occasion it was a small BMW (3 series) in bright yellow