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   Car parking control at the Lake    May 7, 2019

Reluctantly the Parish Council has had to resort to the erection of the car parking signs that have recently appeared at the IROS/lake.  Essentially they permit parking for users of the open space and lakeside between  the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 pm.  The reasoning for this decision was explained in a news item on this website a few months ago, as follows:

The Council has considered the issue of overnight / ‘long stay’ parking at the IROS / Jacob’s Way several times in recent months.  The parking spaces are on private land (that is, owned by the Parish Council). We believe that some of these incidents arise from people leaving vehicles when they use Manchester Airport. In one recent instance a car was left for so long, and reported by so many residents, that the Parish Council contacted the Police but because the land is private, it wasn’t a matter that the Police could resolve or even provide the owner’s details.  Cheshire East Council, too, cannot normally take any action.

The official position is that overnight parking has always been prohibited by the Parish Council and there have always been signs to this effect. Parking has only ever been provided for users of the IROS and not additional residents’ parking, so we don’t want to change anything in that respect.

What we do need to be able to do is deal with this problem when we need to, and the only option open to us is to have a legally-enforceable penalty system in place. We must emphasise that this is about acting in the interests of the local community and not about making money or persecuting local residents.

The upshot is that we have decided to seek the use of a parking company that is authorised to operate Parking Charge Notices. This will give us the mechanism to deal with problem parking when needed.

The new system is that additional signage is displayed, stating that vehicles which stay overnight (between 10pm and 6am) would be subject to a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

The control over which vehicles are referred to the parking company would rest with the Council – there would be no inspecting of the site by the company’s wardens. Photographs of offending vehicles would be sent by authorised members of the Parish Council or Clerk to the parking company who would then be responsible for issuing PCNs and pursuing payment.  Once the process is started in respect of a vehicle parked there outside the authorised hours, however, the Council would have no control over the parking company's processes.

We feel that this gives us a sensible mechanism to deal with an ongoing issue in a proportionate way that doesn’t involve any cost to the Council. 

We hope you approve of this step and if you have any comments or concerns, please do get in touch with Jack Steel, our Parish Clerk (email: clerk@pickmereparishcouncil.com ). Residents are also very welcome to come along to our monthly Council meetings, which always start with an Open Forum. The next Council meeting is tomorrow evening (8th May) at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall.

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