CHESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL HAWTHORN WALK WILMSLOW PROHIBITION OF WAITING ORDER COMMITTEE Macclesfield Local Joint Highways Committee DATE

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					CHESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (HAWTHORN                        WALK,     WILMSLOW)
(PROHIBITION OF WAITING) ORDER

COMMITTEE           :       Macclesfield Local Joint Highways Committee

DATE                :       11 November 2004

REPORT OF           :       Alan Stilwell, County Engineer
Contact Officer     :       Rob Cramer/Bill Dowse
Telephone           :       01625 504710 / 01625 504714
                            rob.cramer@cheshire.gov.uk
                            bill.dowse@cheshire.gov.uk

INTRODUCTION

1.     In accordance with Minutes 61/18/9/03, the above order has been
advertised and 19 letters of objection have been received. 2 letters of support
were received. 2 letters were received objecting to the ‘No Waiting Monday-
Friday 8am-6pm’ restriction but supporting the ‘No Waiting at any Time’
proposal.
EFFECT
2.     The effect of the proposed Order will be to
     a)     prohibit waiting by vehicles at all times on all days on both sides of
            Hawthorn Walk from its junction with Altrincham Road for a
            distance of 30 metres in a north westerly direction and on
            Altrincham Road from its junction with Hawthorn Walk for a
            distance of 10 metres in an easterly direction
     b)     prohibit waiting by vehicles Monday to Friday between the hours
            of 8.00am and 6.00pm on the west side of Hawthorn Walk from a
            point 30 metres north-west of its junction with Water Lane for a
            distance of 110 metres to include the turning area at the most
            northerly point of Hawthorn Walk.

REASONS

3.     Representations have been received from residents of Hawthorn Walk
by way of a petition and frequent calls to the Council, Police and elected
representatives regarding obstruction caused by vehicles in Hawthorn Walk.
On a number of occasions delivery vehicles to premises on Hawthorn Walk
have been prevented from gaining access due to parked cars on both sides of
the road. It is noted that many of the drivers of these vehicles have no
business within Hawthorn Walk and the problems are exacerbated by a taxi
business and repair and servicing garage situated in Hawthorn Walk at the
junction with Water Lane.

OBJECTIONS

4.     Objections have been received from :
Ms C Walker           2 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr R Curbishley       3 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr R Binns            4 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms K Dodds            6 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr A Wallis           7 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr D Mottershead      8 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr R H Cockburn       10 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms S Steele           12 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms K Corver           13 Wycliffe Avenue, Wilmslow
Mr J A Bracewell      14 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms K Bordeaux         16 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow (only 8am–6pm restrictions)
Mr J Hill             18 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr S Scott            20 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms N J Baylis         22 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Ms H Strachan         24 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Mr D Shenton          Shenton Hair Care, 14 Altrincham Road, Wilmslow
Ms S Cole             Wycliffe Avenue, Wilmslow (by email)
Mr M Burgess          Wycliffe Avenue, Wilmslow (by email)
Ms H Turton           Wycliffe Avenue, Wilmslow (by email)
Cllr C Shepherd       51 Grange Park Avenue, Wilmslow (only 8am–6pm
                      restrictions)

POINTS OF OBJECTION

5.      The following is a summary of the points of objection :

    The proposals will force the same amount of traffic into half the space
     currently available.

    The proposals will not improve residents’ access to, and use of, Hawthorn
     Walk as they fail to reduce the volume of non-residents access and
     parking.

    Parking should be restricted to residents only under a badge or permit
     scheme.

    Yellow lines in the vicinity of my business and others in the area would
     have a negative affect on my business and its value and on others in the
     vicinity.

    The plans will restrict residents from parking vehicles close to our homes
     for a great deal of the week, possibly taking the parking problem
     elsewhere.

    Properties will be devalued as a result of the proposal as they do not have
     off-road parking facilities.

    The road is not a through route and it is unreasonable to restrict residents’
     long standing use of the road to access their homes.
    The difficulties in accessing Hawthorn Walk are most prominent at the
     times when the restrictions will not be active and often result from the
     activities of non-residents.

    It is the best option to leave well alone as it has worked perfectly well since
     1952 and the taxi/garage company has now left the premises at the end of
     the road, a blessing, as it was the cause of a lot of the parking problems.

    The main problem is the lack of space for residents due to the number of
     non-residents who take advantage of the free parking close to the town
     centre and use of local businesses.

    There would be a situation where residents who are based at home would
     have to move their vehicles between 8am and 6pm if no spaces are
     available in the unrestricted area.

    Since the beginning of August 2004, the taxi company and associated
     garage have moved permanently out of Hawthorn Walk and as a result,
     parking is no longer a major problem in the road.

    Only 6 properties within the road have garages or driveways, the
     remaining 16 have only on-road parking.

    I am fearful that the quality of life for residents in neighbouring streets will
     be further eroded should these proposals be implemented.

    Instead of tackling a small problem, look at the bigger problem of providing
     more parking in Wilmslow as well as supporting the residents.

    As pensioners living on the left side of Hawthorn Walk who rely heavily on
     family support to help us, we will be unable to have deliveries or visitors if
     yellow lines are painted outside our house.

SUPPORT
6.      Letters of support have been received from the following :

Ms K Bordeaux          16 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow (only junction restrictions)
Mr R Thomas            30 Hawthorn Walk, Wilmslow
Cllr C Shepherd        51 Grange Park Avenue, Wilmslow (only junction
                       restrictions)

POINTS OF SUPPORT

7.      The following is a summary of the points of support :

    The proposal to restrict parking at Hawthorn Walk’s junction with
     Altrincham Road is an excellent proposition from a safety point of view.

    The proposals to restrict parking need to apply not just Monday to Friday,
     8am – 6pm, they need to be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
   To suggest that parking is allowed in the turning circle at any time is
    ludicrous.

OFFICER OBSERVATIONS

8.     There is strong objection to the scheme from a vast majority of the
residents of the area. Although the order is still considered to be appropriate
to ease the access along the cul-de-sac, the wishes of the majority of
residents should be accepted as they are the people most directly affected by
the proposals. Residents’ Parking has been mentioned by residents of the
area as a possible solution but as discussed at previous meetings of this
committee, this is not currently an option available. There still appears to be a
requirement to clear the junction to allow access and egress by larger vehicles
but a reduction from the original 30 metres on both sides could be
implemented to maximise the amount of available parking without
compromising the junction. A distance of 10 metres on the west side and 17
metres on the east side is considered sufficient to allow better access as
shown on the attached plan.

RECOMMENDATIONS : That :

    1.    Only the ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restriction at the junction
          with Water Lane, as shown on the attached plan, be
          implemented; and

    2.    No further action be taken in respect of Schedule 2 prohibiting
          waiting by vehicles Monday to Friday between the hours of
          8.00am and 6.00pm on the west side of Hawthorn Walk from a
          point 30 metres north-west of its junction with Water Lane for a
          distance of 110 metres to include the turning area at the most
          northerly point of Hawthorn Walk.

				
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