COMMUNITY leaders are calling for the introduction of charges on Sandbach's free car parks in a bid to ease congestion.
Sandbach town councillor David Lloyd-Griffiths says Congleton Borough Council needs to take the drastic action to solve the town centre's traffic crisis.
At a town council meeting on Monday, he said urgent measures are necessary.
He said: 'The Commons needs to operate as a short stay car park and the only way to do that is to introduce pay and display.
'We have tried using short stay signs and they don't work. Unless we start to get a turnover of traffic on these car parks then people will simply not be able to get into the shops at all to pick up a paper.
'The Commons car park is full at 8.45am but there are no shoppers in the town centre. Everyone has parked up and disappeared.' Mr Lloyd-Griffiths added: 'It will generate money and pay for more buses.'
Cheshire County Council principal engineer, Richard Chiverton, said: 'We are quite keen because it will manage town centre traffic.'
The leader of Congleton Borough Council, Roland Domleo, said: 'This council is not keen on making people pay to park their cars. We are not going to rush in to it.'