A TOWN councillor is calling for changes to be made to Cheadle's parking restrictions.
Councillor Ray Wood told Cheadle Town Council during its monthly committees meeting on Monday, October 7, that he would like longer permitted hours given to disabled motorists parking in Tape Street car park, as well as a residents only parking restriction imposed in Charles Street.
He said: "Disabled parking is only for up to three hours, but I believe that there are a few disabled people working in the town centre and it's a long way for them to get from the long stay car park in Well Street to the High Street.
"I know it's the law and it's been inquired about in the past and we've got nowhere, but it's quite discriminatory against disabled people and is something the district council need to look at and make provisions to extend these hours to a full working day."
Councillor Ron Locker supported the proposal, he added: "Blue badges are restricted to three hours parking anywhere, but this is something that needs to be taken on board because there are people working who are disabled and find it difficult to walk to Well Street.
"There is a small car park at the back of the estate agents on Tape Street car park and it must be time we started to think about our business people as well.
"It's not a bad idea to ask the district council to look at making that a long stay area at the same cost as Well Street just for traders.
If ever there's a time they need help it's now."
Councillor Peter Elkin suggested putting a notice of motion to the district council to be considered during its next full council assembly.
District councillor Stephen Ellis said: "It's a valid point and should be combined with the request we've already given to the district council for more long stay parking on Tape Street car park and it should be integrated as part of that."
Councillor Gary Bentley suggested another alternative was to issue car park passes to traders.
Regarding the residential parking, Mr Wood said that he had "innumerable" complaints about parking in Charles Street.
He added: "I represent Charles Street as a resident as well as a councillor and it's gotten horrendous, more so since I last put it on the agenda 18 months ago.
"There is a nursery, schools, a chiropodist and residents, but no one wants to pay to park.
"It's the same on The Meadows and The Birches, the whole town is clogged up and I don't know why we haven't got residential parking, there's a real need for it in the town.
"It's affecting people's way of life , the streets are choc-a-bloc can't get about.
'It must be costing the district council as well, because these are people who should be paying to park. It's time the residents got some respite from this."
County councillor Mark Deaville attended the meeting and said that he would bring it up on the Moorlands Parking Board.