Over the last 18 months or so we’ve worked with the Heald Green councillors to look at the issue of parking on St Ann’s Road North. It seems that a number of people who work at Cheadle Royal choose to park along the road rather than on the business park, as it makes it quicker for them to get home.
There are a few issues with stopping it. Cars are in the most park parked legally, and there’s no legal way to distinguish between someone who works at Cheadle Royal and anyone else who might be visiting the road.
Just putting down yellow lines or residents parking simply moves the problem: residents don’t want all the cars moving across to the side of the road with houses, or blocking all the side roads.
We’re looking at how we can improve the Cheadle Royal roundabout and Gatley lights to make it quicker for people to leave, but that’s not easy – the sheer volume of traffic is the main problem.
Our colleagues in Heald Green are proposing some limited changes to improve safety. Yellow lines will be painted for a few meters each side of the chicanes to stop people parking up to them, with bollards put on the pavements to stop people going the wrong way around the chicane. Yellow lines will also be put across the entrances to Cheadle Royal (the emergency vehicle entrance and the pedestrian entrance) for safety.
We’re speaking to Muse who own the site, but currently have no way to prevent people parking along the road.