Park­ing ban for for­est roads

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

VIL­LAGERS fear plans to stop vis­i­tors park­ing on roads near Mac­cles­field For­est will only move the prob­lem else­where.

Cheshire East is propos­ing to ban park­ing on Stand­ing Stone Road, Trenta­bank Road, Field Road, and sec­tions of Clarke Lane, Red Lane, For­est Side and Oven Lane. It comes after com­plaints about traf­fic chaos caused by vis­i­tors to Mac­cles­field For­est park­ing on the roads.

But there are con­cerns among Lan­g­ley res­i­dents that the re­stric­tions will only force vis­i­tors to park fur­ther down the road and in the vil­lage.

Sarah Cantlie, 31, land­lady at the St Dun­stan Inn on Main Road, which turns into Clarke Lane, said: “It’s chaos on the roads but peo­ple are wor­ried the coun­cil’s pro­pos­als won’t solve the prob­lem.”

Mar­cus Lonyon said on Face­book: “It’s get­ting to cri­sis point in Mac­cles­field For­est and Lan­g­ley, with the con­stant week­end traf­fic jams. Sooner or later there is go­ing to be a se­ri­ous road rage in­ci­dent or an emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cle is not go­ing to get through.”

The pro­pos­als come after con­cerns raised by a Mac­cles­field For­est work­ing group, which in­cludes Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil, Peak Park rangers and other part­ners.

Coun Hilda Gad­dum, Sut­ton coun­cil­lor for Cheshire East coun­cil, said the pro­pos­als will help cre­ate ‘pass­ing places’ for driv­ers.

She said: “This has been a prob­lem for years. There is al­ways con­cern that park­ing re­stric­tions will cause a prob­lem else­where but we need to try and find a so­lu­tion.”

The pro­pos­als are avail­able at Mac­cles­field Li­brary. Com­ments should be made to Mr J Howard, Cheshire East Coun­cil, Park­ing Ser­vices, Town Hall, Mar­ket Place, Mac­cles­field, SK10 1EA by Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 4.

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