Special parking provision for families with school children could be considered for Cheadle families, as a new car parking strategy has been agreed for the Moorlands. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) rubber-stamped plans to increase parking charges – and the hours charges would apply – at an SMDC Cabinet meeting yesterday (Tuesday, February 8).
Special parking provision for families with school children could be considered for Cheadle families, as a new car parking strategy has been agreed for the Moorlands.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) rubber-stamped plans to increase parking charges – and the hours charges would apply – at an SMDC Cabinet meeting yesterday (Tuesday, February 8).
However, members also agreed to defer the implementation of the new district-wide strategy in Cheadle town, while other considerations such as the town’s Masterplan are still in progress.
And members agreed to consider ‘Safer Routes to School’ following a plea from Cheadle councillor, Gary Bentley.
Cllr Bentley was granted permission to speak at the cabinet meeting. He said: “I appreciate you listening to us and reducing the parking time back to the original times.
“There is concern about the tariffs going up but it looks like you’ve done it across all three times and I can’t say I agree with it, but it looks like we’ll have to follow suit.
“When the parking currently ends at 3.30pm in Cheadle, there are local primary schools that parents can’t walk to at the time allocated.
“I was wondering if you could work alongside the schools and come up with a process could park up.
“At the moment, one finishes at 3pm, one at 3.20pm and one at 3.30pm.
“The parents can’t park on the car park to pick their children up from those schools, so they are parking here, there and everywhere near the schools and it’s making it dangerous, which the county council are looking into.
“If we could allow them a 45 minutes parking badge so they could park in a specific place in the car park.
“We did ask for a Safer Routes to School policy for the car parks, that would probably make it very beneficial to Cheadle.”
SMDC Cabinet members were not able to debate Cllr Bentley’s plea as it was outside the usual protocols for a cabinet.
However, SMDC Chair, Cllr Mark Deaville said: “That comment, I think is extremely valuable and we’d always look at any strategy to make somewhere a safer route to school.”
Cllr Andrew Hart is portfolio holder for property and tourism at SMDC. He added: “We will look into a lot of aspects and will be monitoring results of ticket sales and we may decide we want to look at aspects of this.
“We are keeping an open mind on it and it will be looked at to see if there’s a way of delivering that.”
Increased charges are set to help fund major revamps of car parks, including resurfacing works and new ticket machines which will allow people to pay by cash, card or phone.
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