Clam­p­down af­ter for­est walk­ers cause chaos

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE are step­ping up pa­trols at Mac­cles­field For­est af­ter a del­uge of Christ­mas walk­ers caused ‘may­hem’ by park­ing in­con­sid­er­ately.

PC Les­ley Long de­scribed ‘traf­fic chaos’ at the for­est when an in­flux of peo­ple headed to the beauty spot for a fes­tive walk, but failed to use the car park, in­stead choos­ing to park on nearby roads, caus­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous ob­struc­tions.

The warn­ing comes less than a month af­ter the coun­cil an­nounced a ban on park­ing on roads around the for­est fol­low­ing com­plaints from res­i­dents.

PC Long said: “There was traf­fic chaos at Mac­cles­field For­est with an in­flux of peo­ple want­ing to enjoy the for­est.

“Un­for­tu­nately this caused may­hem with the num­ber of cars vis­it­ing and with the in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing.

“There are bays for peo­ple to park in and a pay and dis­play car park at Trenta­bank so there should be suf­fi­cient places for peo­ple to park legally with­out caus­ing any ob­struc­tions.

“The traf­fic was so bad that peo­ple were strug­gling to get in and out of the for­est and this was a ma­jor con­cern for the emer­gency ser­vices.

“Traf­fic en­force­ment will be in place and any ve­hi­cle caus­ing an ob­struc­tion will be towed away.”

Cheshire East Coun­cil be­gan en­forc­ing park­ing re­stric­tions from Novem­ber 30 af­ter res­i­dents com­plained about the sit­u­a­tion.

The is­sue was raised by a Mac­cles­field For­est work­ing group, which in­cludes Sut­ton Parish Coun­cil, Peak Park Rangers and other part­ners. They fear that emer­gency ve­hi­cles will not be able to get through to peo­ple who may be in trou­ble.

Park­ing is banned on Stand­ing Stone Road, Trenta­bank Road, Field Road and sec­tions of Clarke Lane, Red Lane, For­est Side and Oven Lane.

●● Scenes like this in Novem­ber prompted the coun­cil to ban road­side park­ing at Mac­cles­field For­est. Now driv­ers are be­ing warned their ve­hi­cles will be towed away af­ter ‘traf­fic chaos’ over Christ­mas

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