by Iain Roberts on 26 March, 2015
Graham Greenhalgh and the Lib Dem team have worked with the council to free up ten new parking spaces for short-stay parking in Cheadle village, with more to come.
The Lib Dems have been working on ways to free up parking spaces for short-stay visits in Cheadle village. Cheadle has over 400 spaces in its car parks, but with the village centre becoming busier they’re getting taken up and people sometimes struggle to find somewhere to park.
It hasn’t been an easy problem to solve. The initial thought was that more people were parking all day, perhaps to go elsewhere, but the evidence suggests that’s not true. Over 90% of the tickets bought in the car parks are for people staying three hours or less. It seems most likely that the parking problems are down to the village becoming more popular with people who want to shop, eat and drink there.
Our quick solution has been to cut down the number of commercial parking permits. There are 79 right now. Three permits aren’t being renewed by their current owners and, rather than letting someone else take them up, we’re simply getting the council to cancel them. We’ve found space in one of the contract-only car parks for another seven permits.
That means ten spaces freed up for short-stay parking: a good start, but we think we can do more. We’re meeting with the biggest permit-holder in the next week to explore how we can free up more spaces over the next few months and we’ve got some other ideas we’re working on to create new spaces in the village.