Cheshire East Council today announced that after careful consideration changes to existing car parking charge proposals are being looked at.
Council Leader Wesley Fitzgerald today said: ”We have listened to representations from ward members, the public and from traders and we understand better the issues that affect specific areas.
“Cheshire East Council has, all along, tried to assure residents that it was listening to their concerns. It is to be hoped that local people are reassured that they have been listened to and that their views have been taken into account.
“I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and helped make a difference.
“As a result, the Council will consider modified proposals that if accepted, will mean the arrangements for the individual town areas will be as follows:
Alsager - no charge for car parking at the current time. The position will be reviewed on the completion of the local supermarket development.
Holmes Chapel and Middlewich - car parking will remain free at the current time and any need for further controls will be monitored.
Sandbach – no charges will be introduced at this time, until there is resolution to the legal issues surrounding the main town centre car parks.
Congleton - From the week starting Monday February 15, car parking charges will be introduced to the major town centre car parks. Details of these car parks can be found at the bottom of this media release.
Plans are also in place to transfer the legal responsibility for enforcing control of on-street parking from the police to the Authority.
Cheshire East Council has also set aside funding to provide a Residents Parking Scheme across the area over the next 12 months. Ward Councillors will be fully consulted through all of the scheme’s design.
The following car parks in Congleton will remain free to use:
Blake Street/Edgerton Street
From Monday February 15, charges will be made in the following Congleton car parks.
Chapel Street (50p for up to two hours)
Antrobus Street (30p for up to one hour)
Princess Street (30p for up to one hour)
Fairground (30p for up to one hour)
Back Park Street (50p for up to two hours)
West Street (50p for up to two hours)
Park Street (50p for up to two hours)
Roe Street – car parking will be free at the current time and any need for further controls will be monitored.
With regard to Ropewalk – No charges will be introduced until legal issues are resolved.