Park­ing plans

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

PARISH lead­ers have spo­ken in favour of plans to stop vis­i­tors park­ing on roads near Macclesfield For­est.

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 is hoped the re­stric­tions will stop prob­lems caused by Macclesfield For­est vis­i­tors park­ing on the roads.

Res­i­dents in Lan­g­ley are wor­ried the pro­pos­als will only move the prob­lem, forc­ing driv­ers to park closer to and in the vil­lage. But parish lead­ers want res­i­dents to give the pro­pos­als a chance.

Coun Christine Eyre, from Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil, said the prob­lem has been dis­cussed over years by a Macclesfield For­est work­ing group which in­cludes a va­ri­ety of part­ners.

She said: “This may not be popular but we have to do some­thing.

“The prob­lem of un­neigh­bourly park­ing first came up a long time ago. Peo­ple don’t like pay­ing to park and there have been prob­lems with farm­ers not be­ing able to get into their fields and other ob­struc­tions.

“We’re a popular area and get in­un­dated but peo­ple do not park prop­erly and we have to try some­thing. There is no easy an­swer.”

A con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­pos­als runs un­til to­day (Wed­nes­day).

Coun Hilda Gad­dum, Cheshire East coun­cil­lor for Sut­ton, said: “I would be de­lighted if peo­ple re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion.

“The park­ing has got out of hand. Peo­ple park solidly along the roads.

“There are al­ways con­cerns that re­stric­tions will move the prob­lem but we have to try and find a so­lu­tion. I ap­peal to vis­i­tors to park care­fully.”

Pic­ture by Dom Far­ley

●● Con­ges­tion near Macclesfield For­est

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