The role of Bollington’s Town Councillors is to make decisions to improve the lives of the citizens of their village. As I have previously mentioned regarding housing, current planning application’s can cause more harm than good. A devils advocate or a supporter of housing developments would argue “but Tom, think of how the new housing development would improve the local commerce”. To which I would retort:
Bollington was simply not designed to be a town. Bollington is a village and the influx of housing to the area simply generates more harm than good. Like an active volcano, the housing developments erupt and the problems spread out across the town like lava and destroy everything in it’s path. For instance, consider how densely populated Bollington already is. The simple task to drive through Bollington from the Silk Road entrance and up to Pott Shrigley, one would notice that the main road is literally full to the brim with parked cars on both sides of the road (I think I’ll film that journey and post it). Over the years the bend outside the Dog and Partridge pub has become hazardous and more recently since the development of the new houses on Wellington Road (Kays) that area of road now has fractured flow as cars will often have to stop as cars are parked on the path. It has always been challenge driving past the chemist’s (I am always met by the Bollington Bus driving past there, every time, with out fail). Therefore, I am pleased that they will now occupy the building next to the doctor’s as this will hopefully create less traffic outside the post office.
The problem is identified easily by using Maths. More houses equal more people and more people equals more cars. More cars for the roads we currently have that won’t be able to handle them. Therefore there would be no where to park in areas of local commerce. The co-op on Albert Road created a worse problem on the corner of Albert Road when it expanded elimating the car park, therefore, parking became more limited causing people to park on the road. Oh, how the town rejoiced when the co-op moved premises down the road, however, the problem remained as only one car could fit through the entrance/exit of the car park. Thankfully, this is being taken care of by the council, but individuals still continue to park on the road side near the bridge.
Elsewhere, there is no ample parking outside the Butchers (both Heathcote’s and Barrow’s), no decent parking outside Chopsticks at the top of Palmerston Street. There is often limited space in order to park ones car on Palmerston Street to shop at Chadwicks Newsagents or Belfields Bakery. Not only that, the parking on the corner of Water Street/High Street is so congested it’s actually a risk to the residents in that area. If there was a fire on High Street or Store Street it is highly unlikely that a fire engine could get to the property to save the people inside.
So basically, more houses + more people + more cars = less parking spaces = people not shopping in the local community due to no ample parking. As a result people will shop at Tesco or Sainsburys which will be more convenient.
Like you, I am passionate about the car parking in Bollington. I have experienced first hand the annoyance of not being able to park anywhere, especially when I go to the chippy! If voted to Town Council, the issue of parking will be something I want to be a part of improving for the benefit of Bollington’s citizens, Bollington Commerce and Bollington’s Public Services.