For­mer Mayor’s traf­fic cru­sade

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE for­mer Mayor of Mac­cles­field has hit out at Cheshire East Coun­cil for fail­ing to act over traf­fic prob­lems on Coare Street.

Coun Lloyd Roberts says too many cars are us­ing the ac­cess only route and that the coun­cil should in­stall a road block to pre­vent driv­ers cut­ting through, as voted for in a bal­lot last year af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion process.

Coun Roberts, also a for­mer Tyther­ing­ton coun­cil­lor and land­lord of the street’s Bri­tish Flag Pub, says that al­most two years ago the coun­cil recorded 1,900 ve­hi­cles us­ing the route dur­ing a sin­gle day. Out of the 1,900, it was found nearly 1,600 ve­hi­cles were us­ing the road sim­ply to cut through via Beech Lane or Westminster Road, a num­ber Coun Roberts says is af­fect­ing res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life.

Coun Roberts said: “Coare Street is ac­cess only, serv­ing the peo­ple who live in and around it. I was told when in coun­cil that fund­ing was se­cured and the clo­sure would go ahead dur­ing this year’s school sum­mer hol­i­days. The plan was to close Coare Street, not, as the coun­cil seems to sug­gest now, to just re­place the ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tion with ‘No Wait­ing’ or­ders – what good will that do?”

Speak­ing of the ef­fect of the traf­fic vol­umes on res­i­dents, he said: “This daily and con­tin­ual bom­bard­ment is af­fect­ing not only the qual­ity of res­i­dents’ lives but also the value of their homes and the well­be­ing of their chil­dren through noise and air pol­lu­tion.”

Deputy Leader Coun­cil­lor David Brown, cab­i­net mem­ber for highways, said they will not close the road but plan to in­tro­duce no wait­ing reg­u­la­tions.

He said: “Cheshire East Highways has be­gun a process to bring about changes to the use of Coare Street, Mac­cles­field by mo­torists for the ben­e­fit of res­i­dents.

“It is pro­posed ex­ist­ing Road Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tions are re­voked and will be re­placed with spec­i­fied ‘No Wait­ing’ reg­u­la­tions. This is to ad­dress a num­ber of con­cerns raised by res­i­dents and lo­cal ward mem­bers that ex­ist­ing traf­fic reg­u­la­tions were not prov­ing ef­fec­tive. The pro­pos­als also ap­ply to Pow­nall Street and Pearle Street in Mac­cles­field. Res­i­dents will be kept in­formed as the process for for­mal­is­ing the changes pro­gresses dur­ing the com­ing months. There is no plan to com­mence any work this sum­mer as road traf­fic or­ders need to be put in place.”

Pic by Lloyd Roberts

●● Res­i­dents would like to see Coare Street blocked off mid­way

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