A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop parked cars from ruining Sandbach's most famous tourist attraction.
The ancient Saxon Crosses at the cobbled Market Square date back to the 9th Century.
But the square is packed with parked cars from dawn until dusk every day, making the picturesque area a gridlock of unsightly vehicles.
Cheshire county councillor Ken Hemsley wants rising bollards to be installed to block cars from entering.
These automatic bollards have proved controversial in other areas, including Chester, where there were claims they badly damaged any cars which parked on top of them.
Mr Hemsley, who represents Sandbach East, said: 'The vehicles make a pretty place look ugly and I think changes need to be made as a matter of priority.'
The retractable bollards, which would be raised to around 18 inches to stop the tallest of vehicles from entering the Market Square, were originally included as part of the first phase of the £250,000 Sandbach Transportation Study works.
But the devices, which traders on the square would be able to lower to allow delivery vehicles to enter for a short period, were never installed while major improvements to High Street were made earlier this year.
Now Cllr Hemsley fears many traders, unhappy with delivery times being restricted to before 10am or after 4pm, will prevent the bollards being installed as part of the second phase of changes.
John Gray, Cheshire County Council's chief engineer in traffic and transportation for East Cheshire, said: 'The improvements to the highway system in Sandbach town centre were always one single package.
'Rising bollards have always been a part of the overall scheme, but not necessarily part of the first phase of works.
'It is true that we still want to take the part of the scheme involving bollards at Market Square further, although it may be necessary to consult traders on the best system to ensure the bollards can be operated properly.'