A TEMPORARY road closure is set to take place in a Moorlands town centre in order for a festive extravaganza to take place. Team Cheadle have announced that there will be one major change to this year’s Cheadle Christmas Lights event, which will take place on Saturday, November 16. For the first time ever, the whole High Street in Cheadle will be closed to traffic. A spokesman for Team Cheadle said: “Usually only the stretch of High Street, beyond the Market Cross is closed off, which often leads to retailers complaining of the “great wall of Cheadle” as they’ve previously nicknamed it – they have felt in the past a line was drawn dividing the High Street, stopping event attendees visiting their shops.
“After trying several other ways of solving this problem, this year it was agreed to think big and attempt to close the entire street.
“On behalf of Team Cheadle, Gary Bentley enlisted the help of Jason Carnwell from the Cheadle Carnival Committee to devise the closure.”
The road closure plan was given the green light by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council earlier this month, with no objections from the Staffordshire County Council or Staffordshire Police.
The road closure will come into effect at 11am on November 16, to allow stall holders and funfair rides time to set up, and the closure will be in place until 7pm the same day.
The Team Cheadle spokesman said: “This immediately opens up the event for more stalls and additional funfair attractions – including a miniature railway which will take passengers in the direction of Santa’s Grotto in the Tudor House.
During the road closure, when entering Cheadle from Brookhouses, traffic will be taken down onto Bank Street by the Bourne Fountain. Only residents of Church Street and Prince George Street will be given access past this point.
For the duration of the event the traffic on Bank Street will be reversed, with traffic going onto Chapel Street as it normally would from the bottom of Cross Street; while traffic on Chapel Street will be one-way during the event from above the car park entrance, traffic coming out of the car park will only be able to turn left.
Meanwhile, at Morrison’s Roundabout – The Chapel Street exit will only be used to access the car park and Coronation Street, as Chapel Street will be one way beyond the car park entrance.
Due to the reversal of traffic on Bank Street, anyone needing to get to Brookhouses during the event will have to get there via Forsbrook.
The Team Cheadle spokesman said: “We understand that the road closure may cause disruption to some residents, but we hope people will see and appreciate what an improvement it will make to the event – it taking place across the entire High Street will be a magical experience.
“Everyone is encouraged to walk to the event to reduce the traffic around the town, but for those who might not be able to make it otherwise; First PMT have kindly agreed to put on a free shuttle-bus to bring people into the town and event – details to be announced.
“Parking will also be free all day without restrictions, thanks to the generosity of SMDC. Team Cheadle are advising residents of Bank Street and Chapel Street to move their vehicles to the main car park, prior to the road closure at 11am.
“The closure has also enabled Team Cheadle to spread the event out, which will help to reduce the congestion and make it easier for people with pushchairs or wheelchairs to navigate the event.
“As this was a problem highlighted last year, stalls and ride positions have also been revised in order to be more mindful of the dropped kerbs.
The Cheadle Christmas Lights Event will start at 2pm and run through until 6pm. As well as stalls and funfair rides there will be live entertainment in front of Lulworth House. This year’s musical line-up includes The Cheadle Academy Sixth Form Choir, singer Heidi Rolph-Stott and the headline act Simon Clewlow.
The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm, by Cheadle’s Mayor Ian Plant, assisted by 13-year-old Hollie Tomkinson.
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