Plan to ease Mossley parking problem stalls

A PLAN to ease the parking problems in Top Mossley has stalled.Town councillor Martin Stimson had suggested the implementation of a scheme similar to the one in operation in Uppermill.

Cllr Stimson had wanted the pay and display system on the Market Ground scrapped and replaced by three hours free parking.

“The streets are rammed while the Market Ground, which has 40 places, is nearly empty,” he explained.

Cllr Stimson met with Ian Saxon, Tameside Council’s director of operations and neighbourhoods, his assistant Emma Varnan and Cllr Warren Bray whose portfolio is strategic development and neighbourhoods to discuss alleviating parking problems in Mossley.

He suggested three hours free parking and other controls for the Market Ground but said both of the options were rejected.

Cllr Stimson added Tameside Council is carrying out a borough wide review of car parking and his views will be included.

Town council chair, Cllr Frank Travis pointed out no other public car parks in the borough give free periods and the one at the Market Ground pays for itself.

Cllr Travis said: “We will have go back to a review of the council’s parking policy rather than something being done individually in Mossley.

“If they do anything in future, we will be a pilot.”

Cllr Idu Miah added the payment machine at the council run car park in Bottom Mossley has been out of action for one year after it had been vandalised.

• THERE is also a car parking issue in Mossley at Baden House, the Carrhill Road base for Mosslsey Scouts and Guides. The venue is also well used by other community groups.

This was discussed at the meeting of Mossley Town Council when it was described as “ongoing conflict”.

The meeting heard Carrhill Road becomes congested and there had been issues between residents and motorists and “unpleasant scenes in front of children”.

There was sympathy for residents, many of whom were described as “very supportive” as many cars park badly and that was the source of frustration for them.

Drivers, who were reported to have been receiving abuse from residents, were asked to park mindfully.

They were also told Baden House had negotiated use of the masonic hall car park on Stockport Road which is in easy walking distance.

Cllr Frank Travis, Mossley Town Council chair, added they would work with Baden House and residents to find a solution.

“It is absolutely critical we try to help to sort this out,” he said.

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