The implementation of a parking strategy for Cheshire East is a
critical element in the broader transport strategy. The Cabinet
approved the new Parking
Strategy (PDF, 202KB) on April 21st 2009 and was updated in
2010. The key objectives are:
The Council’s parking objectives set out to be consistent with
and contribute to the overall aims of the National and Regional
transport strategies which seek to:
- Achieve a reduction in overall traffic
- To increase use of more sustainable and healthy forms of
- To achieve a more effective and efficient transport system,
whilst taking into account:
- The economic vitality of Parking Strategy for Cheshire East the
- The parking needs of people with disabilities
- The parking needs of local residents, shops and businesses
Public Car Parking and Charging
The availability and cost of parking are important influences on
the number of journeys made and the means used to make them.
Parking management will play an increasingly important role in
controlling car travel in urban areas.
Car parks are fixed assets owned and run by the Council at a
cost. The Council has decided in principle that the burden of this
cost should be shared by the car park customers rather than by all
Council tax payers as a whole.
The Strategy addresses charging for parking as follows:
Local Parking Charging Policy
Cheshire East Council will in principle impose charges for
parking at levels reflecting local pressures and needs. These may
- as between the different towns and smaller centres
- as between zones within the larger towns
Cheshire East Council will also continue to work to ensure
adequate parking for cycles and motorcycles, and that the special
needs of disabled people are met. This will include:
- ensuring that an adequate number and location of wider disabled
bays is located in town centre car parks
- continuing the policy that vehicles displaying valid blue
badges may be parked anywhere in marked bays in our car parks
Cheshire East Council is responsible for enforcing parking,
loading and waiting restrictions on the streets throughout Cheshire
East, with the exception of most major trunk roads. This is carried
out under the terms of the Traffic Management Act 2004 and is a
civil enforcement policy rather than criminal. Civil Enforcement
Officers (Parking Attendants) will issue Penalty Charge Notices
(PCNs) to any vehicle parking in contravention, and will enforce
on-street parking contraventions as well as in car parks.
Note that the Police still have enforcement powers
against obstruction on any street or highway. Council Civil
Enforcement Officers do NOT have the power to enforce where
parking, loading or waiting restrictions are not in
By law, all money paid for penalty charges MUST first be used to
pay for the enforcement service, and any surplus spent on
improvements to parking, or transportation infrastructure. The
Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers are paid an annual salary only
and there is no bonus or incentive scheme.
For further detailed information about Civil Parking Enforcement
in your area please contact Cheshire East Council.
Parking Quality and Safety
Our car parks are regularly inspected and maintained to achieve
high standards of safety and security.
Parking Strategy and Standards: National Guidance
Parking standards for new developments are controlled
through the planning system. These standards are set out the
Local Plan and in the
Government's Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport and
the North West of England Regional Spatial Strategy.