by Iain Roberts on 9 December, 2014
Cheadle village has a lot of car parking spaces compared to most other similar centres, but it’s also successful as a shopping and employment centre. That leaves us with the problem that the parking sometimes runs out and people can struggle to find spaces in the main car parks. Traders and shoppers both complain that there isn’t enough parking and the Lib Dem team want to improve the situation.
It’s not easy though. There are three groups of people:
If you make it more difficult for workers to park in the car parks, they won’t vanish – they’ll move onto residential roads. That will please traders and shoppers but annoy residents. It may be possible to squeeze a few more spaces into the existing car parks, but not many (as cars are getting bigger – more 4x4s – if anything the current spaces can be too small).
A couple of years ago, after lobbying by local businesses through the Cheadle Village Partnership, the Council reduced the cost of all-day parking in the car parks. This meant that permits also became cheaper, as parking permits for the car parks are based on a discount of the full all-day price. One option is to reverse that change – it could be done, although we worry it would push a lot more cars onto residential roads.
The option we’re exploring is to provide more short-stay parking in the car parks. An easy way to do this would be to make one of the Massie Street car parks short-stay only (permit holders would still be able to park all day, others would not). It would displace some all-day parkers but the impact on residents and workers could be less than putting the all-day price back up.
People have also suggested alternatives like multi-storey car parks: not impossible, but certainly not quick and there’s no real prospect of that sort of solution at the moment, even if everyone wanted it.
Let us know your views.