Clampdown after forest walkers cause chaos
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