Council approves two-hour parking limit for village

Petition increases parking limit on Malpas High Street to two hours

Visitors will be able to park for 2 hours on Malpas High Street

Visitors to Malpas will be able to park their cars in the village for two hours, following a community petition.

A ballot vote was held at a meeting of Malpas Parish Council earlier this week, to decide whether or not the time limit for cars to park on the high street should be 45 minutes or two hours.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) had previously said they wanted to implement an experimental waiting order following years of traffic congestion in the area, limiting parking time to just 45 minutes.

But local businesses who feared they would lose trade reducing customers to such a short time limit signed a petition asking for it to be expanded, and the general vote was in favour of it.

Ruth Jacks, Malpas Parish Council clerk said: “The problem is 45 minutes would be fine for some people but lots of people take longer than that by the time they have run all their errands, stopped and chatted to people, that kind of thing.

“Community spirit is also a factor – people often stop and chat with each other and like to leisurely browse round the shops and the concern was, people only parking for 45 minutes might kill off trade if they’re forced to rush.

“The majority of local businesses signed a petition for the parking time to be expanded to 2 hours and I am pleased the parish council could listen to the demand.”

The changes are believed to be implemented in the next few weeks.

 

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