A CALL has been made for some long stay car parking facilities to be created on Cheadle’s main Tape Street car park to help businesses and shoppers.
Speaking at a meeting of Cheadle Town Council, councillor Gary Bentley said the car park was making the most money in Staffordshire Moorlands and it was time to help people and businesses.
Mr Bentley said: "We need to think of a way to help people who want to shop in the town. Also businesses need to be near their vehicles to enable them to make deliveries.
"I have talked to enforcement officers and one way could be to reverse the long stay at Well Street to Tape Street. People who want to stay and shop could then do so.
"Also it would be a way of stopping shop keepers leaving the town as they can't park near the High Street to allow them to run their business. We want a bit back from the Moorlands council to help our town."
Councillor Ron Locker proposed that the town council write a letter to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council asking if they could help traders.
He said: "The long stay parking is a way from the town for traders. There is land behind the shops on the Tape Street car park which could be used for traders who could then have a permit.
"We should ask the district council to ask the person who is in charge of car parks to come and talk to us as we need to keep the High Street busy.
"Times are difficult and we need suggestions to help traders. The car parks are reasonably cheap and there is no charge before 9.30am or after 3.30pm. Better signage would also help to enable tourists to find them easier instead of driving around the one way system."
Mr Bentley added: "There could be cameras on both the entrances. This would save having wardens which would help to save money."
Councillor and town mayor, Ian Plant, said it was important to help people who just wanted to nip in to buy something quickly.
He said: "Why can't we have a 20p payment for about 20-30 minutes. This would bring in more people."
Councillor Alan Banks said that the town had some of cheapest car parking tariffs, but some town's did have 15-20 minutes charge.
Councillor Richard Alcock said that High Street is continually being congested.
He said: "More houses will mean more grid lock. The town is getting worse and we still do not have a relief road."
Town councillor agreed to write to the district council and ask for someone to attend a meeting to discuss the issue of parking in the town.