Park and ride is pos­si­ble so­lu­tion

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

IT’S go­ing to take more than Robin Hood to keep the peas­ants from re­volt­ing in Lan­g­ley vil­lage.

The roads around Macclesfield For­est may soon be fes­tooned with dou­ble yel­low lines scup­per­ing the regular park­ing free-for-all.

If you can’t get on the for­est car park you will be forced to aban­don your car else­where and Lan­g­ley na­tives are wor­ried it will be in their al­ready highly con­gested vil­lage.

I do hope some­one has thought this pro­posal through.

It’s go­ing to take a huge multi-storey to hold all those ve­hi­cles vis­it­ing the for­est at week­ends. Un­less, of course, they chop down the trees to ac­com­mo­date the cars in which case there’ll be noth­ing to see.

The truth is we live in an in­creas­ingly ur­banised coun­try with twice the pop­u­la­tion growth of the rest of Europe.

Schools, hos­pi­tals and leisure ser­vices are feel­ing the strain. More peo­ple squeez­ing into less space.

This prob­lem won’t go away. Larger towns and cities mean more peo­ple vis­it­ing a shrink­ing coun­try­side.

We know what’s hap­pen­ing to the green belt… it’s con­tract­ing to ac­com­mo­date the bur­geon­ing pop­u­la­tion. Along the line some­thing has to give.

Maybe a park and ride ser­vice is the an­swer to the for­est’s park­ing dilemma? What­ever the so­lu­tion they need to find it soon or Robin of Lan­g­ley and his not-somerry men may do it for them.

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