by Iain Roberts on 7 January, 2016
The Lib Dem team are consulting on putting up long-stay parking charges in Cheadle village as one way of increasing the number of short-stay places and boosting trade for local shops.
As you know, parking in Cheadle village is not easy. Many local traders firmly believe that the problem is too many people parking all day, and that unless we increase long-stay charges to discourage all-day parking, some of the village shops may not survive for much longer. Currently parking is a flat 20p an hour. The proposal would be to keep that for short-stay but increase the charge to £5 or more for anyone staying more than 3-4 hours.
Of course, higher long-stay charges would have other effects. People who work in the village would have to pay more, find somewhere else to park, or use other ways to get into work (car share, bus, bike etc.). Residents who live close to the village centre might find more cars parking on their roads.
Increasing the long-stay parking charge is just one option we’re looking at. We have other plans which we hope will free up 50-60 spaces over the next year. We’re planning a public workshop in February so everyone can come along and help come up with a solution.
After a discussion on the Cheadle Facebook group, we ran a short opinion poll. Around 200 people voted and more than 70% supported increasing long stay charges (making it a lot more expensive to stay in the car park for more than 3 or 4 hours). Facebook may not be representative though.
What do you think – please let us know your views.
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