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.”
●● Congestion near Macclesfield Forest