VILLAGERS have until the end of next month to have their say about traffic and transport in their community.

Holmes Chapel Parish Council is seeking residents’ views on the issues to help influence the future of the village.

“Holmes Chapel has a history of traffic problems, even before the M6 was built,” said a parish council spokesman.

“The growth of housing is bringing more traffic into the village. Commercial traffic, including many HGVs, passes through the village to reach businesses in the surrounding area.

“During the development of the Holmes Chapel Neighbourhood Plan, residents expressed serious concerns about traffic volumes and associated problems, with 87 per cent of questionnaire respondents agreeing that a relief road/bypass around the village would alleviate many of these problems.

“The Parish Council wishes to represent the local community and to raise its concerns about the traffic issues in the village with Cheshire East Council who are responsible for highways matters.

“After the Neighbourhood Plan was completed, the Parish Council set up a working party to look at the traffic issues in more detail.

“The report identified a list of objectives to improve the traffic situation.

“Some of these are short term measures, such as pedestrian crossings and speed restriction enforcement.

“Others are longer-term considerations, such as car parking and the future provision of a relief road/bypass.

“We now want to hear residents’ views on the long-term issues and objectives identified in the Working Party report.

“We will analyse the results from the questionnaire in order to understand the issues which are of most concern to residents and which are their preferred solutions.

“We will then use the questionnaire findings in our discussions with Cheshire East Council to make them aware of these issues and to demonstrate that we are representing the views of the community.”

See the parish council website for more details.