Coun­cil in U-turn over street clo­sure

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - DANIELLE ROPER

THE coun­cil has made a dra­matic U-turn over plans to tackle traf­fic prob­lems on a residential road.

For­mer Mayor Lloyd Roberts has been cam­paign­ing for the clo­sure of Coare Street, an ac­cess only route which he says is be­ing abused by driv­ers us­ing it as a cut through.

Last week, deputy leader Coun­cil­lor David Brown told the Ex­press spec­i­fied ‘No Wait­ing’ reg­u­la­tions would be in­tro­duced but that there was ‘no plan to com­mence any work this sum­mer as road traf­fic or­ders needed to be put in place.

But in a dra­matic U-turn, Coun Brown, the cab­i­net mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for highways, has now con­firmed the road will be closed.

He said: “Firstly, I want to thank the res­i­dents for their feed­back.

“An ini­tial in­for­mal con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents pro­vided a num­ber of op­tions for the pro­posed man­age­ment of traf­fic on Coare Street.

“We have re­vis­ited these pro­pos­als and can con­firm the scheme will in­clude mea­sures to en­force the clo­sure of Coare Street, along with ad­di­tional ‘no wait­ing’ re­stric­tions.

“We are now en­ter­ing into a for­mal process to move the scheme for­ward and will en­deav­our to keep lo­cal res­i­dents in­formed.

“I would also like to thank the lo­cal ward coun­cil­lors who have been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing us ar­rive at the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tion.”

But Mr Roberts, a for­mer Tyther­ing­ton coun­cil­lor and land­lord of the street’s Bri­tish Flag pub, has ac­cused Cheshire East Coun­cil of mak­ing a ‘mon- umen­tal gaffe’ over the is­sue.

He said the coun­cil should have acted af­ter the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion was held last year when res­i­dents voted in favour of to­tal clo­sure of the road in a bal­lot.

Mr Roberts, who said the ‘ con­tin­ual bom­bard­ment’ of al­most 1,900 ve­hi­cles per day was af­fect­ing res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life, wel­comed the about turn.

He said: “While I welcome the cab­i­net mem­ber and port­fo­lio holder for highways cor­rect­ing his mon­u­men­tal gaffe in his last press re­lease, he fails to point out the con­sul­ta­tion and de­ci­sion to close the street to through traf­fic were done last year and res­i­dents no­ti­fied ear­lier this year.

“I know of not one per­son who has been con­sulted on the pro­pos­als since May 7, this year.”

See letters, page 14

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