Parking problems in Hoole under microscope


Staff reporter (Chester First)

RESIDENTS in a Chester suburb are being asked to share their views on proposals to improve parking problems.

Cheshire West and Chester Council was asked by residents and businesses in Hoole to look at parking issues in the area, with particular concern being placed on the lack of available parking spaces in the Bishop Street car park and with vehicles which park on double yellow lines on Faulkner Street and Charles Street, obstructing the footway for pedestrians.

A meeting will now take place on Thursday, June 12 at All Saints Church in Vicarage Road, Hoole from 6pm to 8pm, where a number of proposals will be up for discussion including:

l A restriction on stay in the Bishop Street car park to three  hours maximum between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

l A prohibition of loading on both sides of Faulkner Street from its junction with Hoole Road for 15 metres in a southerly direction.

l A prohibition of loading on the west side of Faulkner Street for the remaining length to the junction with Walker Street between the hours of 10.30am and 4.30pm.

l A prohibition of loading on the south side of Charles Street from its junction with Faulkner Street to its junction with Westminster Road between the hours of 10.30am and 4.30pm.

l A review of the length of time in the limited waiting bays on Charles Street and Faulkner Street.

Local members for Hoole, Cllrs Bob Thompson and Alex Black, created a task group comprising local residents and community organisations last year to address traffic and transport issues in the area.

Cllr Black said: “Hoole residents on the whole think that this is a great place to live – but the responses we’ve received so far are all concerned with the increasing volume of traffic and parking issues.

“These are initial proposals and we would like to hear the views of residents and businesses before taking them further.

“Both Cllr Thompson and myself would really like to see as many local people coming along to this meeting to allow us to explore these ideas in more detail.”

Cllr Thompson said: “We would encourage all local residents who would like their voices heard to come along and take part in trying to alleviate the traffic concerns that I know many of us feel are untenable.

“We are keen to involve residents in working with us to identify local solutions to local problems.

“We won’t be able to reduce the volume of traffic coming into Hoole but we can look at ways of managing it more effectively.”

Anyone unable to attend the meeting who would like to have their views taken in to account should contact Michelle Markert on 01244 977558 or email

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