Month on month town centre footfall in Cheshire towns

High streets and town centres throughout the UK have been affected by a succession of trends and shocks, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the rapid growth of internet retailing and most recently the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The performance and purpose of high streets and town centres, often the beating heart of communities, is now more than ever under the spotlight. Cheshire East Council (CEC) is committed to supporting the vitality and viability of town centres and high streets within its boundaries and is inviting tenders for the provision of footfall data and visitor intelligence in eleven centres in the borough so that it is able to access robust past, current and future data.

The data will allow Cheshire East Council to better understand how towns and centres are individually being affected by the unprecedented challenges they face and will allow the Council to prepare appropriate future strategies.

Footfall-2020

Data Source: Visitor Insights Ltd

Town centre footfall for February 2021

February 2021 footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 231,462  -33.3% 11.2%
Congleton 639,902  -19.4% 3.0%
Crewe 623,240  -44.6% 5.5%
Handforth 235,910  -24.7% 0.7%
Knutsford 566,014  -26.9% 14.6%
Macclesfield 912,726  -36.4% 8.1%
Middlewich 232,989  -14.7% 5.1%
Nantwich 300,498  -38.7% 8.5%
Poynton 314,465  -25.2% 4.3%
Sandbach 436,846  -27.7% 6.4%
Wilmslow 660,154  -28.1% 11.2%

Town centre footfall for January 2021

January footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 208,209 -41.5% -31.6%
Congleton 621,405 -26.6% -22.8%
Crewe 591,026 -51.9% -39.4%
Handforth 234,245 -27.9% -29.7%
Knutsford 493,742 -45.6% -33.3%
Macclesfield 844,074 -45.3% -31.9%
Middlewich 221,710 -22.1% -27.6%
Nantwich 277,071 -44.4% -34.7%
Poynton 301,365 -32.53% -37.6%
Sandbach 410,534 -36.4% -28.6%
Wilmslow 593,647 -45.8% -36.4%

Town centre footfall for December 2020

December footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 304,293 -12.4% +12.9%
Congleton 804,670 +8.4% +14.1%
Crewe 976,047 -19.1% +31.62%
Handforth 333,196 +25.8% +22.5%
Knutsford 740,695 -10.9% +22.7%
Macclesfield 1,239,734 -15.4% +30.2%
Middlewich 306,410 +15.5% +16.2%
Nantwich 424,201 -17.5% +22.9%
Poynton 483,127 +18.3% +38.8%
Sandbach 575,192 -8.5% +21.4%
Wilmslow 933,030 -7.6% +30.7%

Town centre footfall for November 2020

November footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 269,626 -22.9% -15.9%
Congleton 705,154 -14.6% -9.7%
Crewe 741,682 -36.2% -22.3%
Handforth 272,091 -11.1% -11.3%
Knutsford 630,429 -30.8% -15.1%
Macclesfield 952,374 -38.9% -26.9%
Middlewich 263,764 -15.2% -11.5%
Nantwich 345,278 -27.1% -24.2%
Poynton 348,057 -5.7% -18.3%
Sandbach 473,686 -21.7% -14.8%
Wilmslow 713,678 -34.2% -16.6%

Town centre footfall for October 2020

October footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 320,704 -21% -12%
Congleton 780,800 -9% -3%
Crewe 954,576 -25% +8%
Handforth 306,591 +2% -2%
Knutsford 710,665 -15% +1%
Macclesfield 1,303,341 -18% -1%
Middlewich 298,181 +23% -4%
Nantwich 455,770 -7% 0%
Poynton 426,058 +8% -1%
Sandbach 555,687 -10% 0%
Wilmslow 855,451 -20% -1%

Town centre footfall for September 2020

Town Centre Footfall
TownFootfallYear on Year ChangeMonth on Month Change
Alsager 364,822 -3% +12%
Congleton 801,750 -7% +9%
Crewe 885,926 -21% +3%
Handforth 312,698 +6% +9%
Knutsford 705,809 -18% -4%
Macclesfield 1,317,090 -17% +6%
Middlewich 312,197 +17% +8%
Nantwich 457,894 -13% +2%
Poynton 429,163 +3% +9%
Sandbach 558,283 -14% +5%
Wilmslow 868,201 -23% +6%