COMMUNITY leaders have vowed to fight against proposals to introduce on-street parking in Cheadle town centre. We reported in January that Staffordshire County Council was considering possible on-street parking charges in Cheadle, as well as in a number of other towns across the county. The authority has now confirmed that those proposals have now been passed, and that there will be a “rolling programme” to instigate the schemes up to 2022.
An On-Street Strategy and Forward Programme has been produced, and in a potential timetable produced for the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, when they debated the strategy at their meeting on January 18, the guidelines are that the 25 parking bays for High Street, along with the 15 parking bays for Bank Street, could be implemented during the financial year of 2019/20.
A spokesman for the county council said: “The principle has been approved.
“We will be contacting (town) councils to see how it best works for them regarding timings and charging. We are not looking at one-size-fits-all.
“Councils, and other organisations, have previously been consulted and will be consulted again about the nature of how it will work and when it will be done.
“This is a rolling process up to 2022.”
However, community leaders at both town and district council levels have vowed that they will be campaigning against the county council’s decision.
Cheadle Town Mayor Ian Plant had informed fellow town councillors, at their last meeting, that he was having a meeting with Staffordshire County Council where he would be raising his concerns about the move to introduce on-street parking charges in Cheadle..
He told the Times & Echo yesterday, Tuesday, February 26: “I have not yet had the meeting with the county council. It is set to take place at the end of March.
“This will be one of the items on the agenda. I am obviously disappointed that, at the beginning, we didn’t know anything about it.
“It comes as a bit of a shock. We haven’t seen any plans yet.
“If they are going to put these in High Street and Bank Street, there needs to be allowances for loading bays.
“I just can’t see how this is going to work.
“It will probably just push the problem to somewhere else. We have enough people parking in side streets as it is.
“We, as a town council, have been trying to put a package together about parking with the district council.
“These people at county council do not live in the real world. They don’t come here and see what’s happening in our high street.
“I see it as they are just pushing more and more people away from shopping in our town.
“I will be strongly arguing against this.”
The leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, councillor Sybil Ralphs, has also vowed to campaign against the move to on-street parking charges in Cheadle.
She told Cheadle Town Council, at their meeting on Monday, February 18: “With the county council’s intention of on-street parking charges – I say that, unequivocally, I am totally against it and will be arguing against it.
“We need that like we need a whole in the head at the moment.”
Ms Ralphs has, this week, told the Times & Echo that she will be raising the issue at the SMDC Full Council tomorrow – Thursday, February 28.
She said: “I am raising the issue at Full Council for debate this Thursday.
“I am totally against this policy from Staffordshire County Council and intend to campaign against it.”
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