The Roaches

The Roaches

Throughout most weekends [Friday –Sunday] and school and public holidays the area is heavily under pressure. Such car parking as there is available is full to overflowing and cars are often left in inappropriate positions creating danger to pedestrians, blocking access for fire and ambulance vehicles etc, see Appendix A.

There are no public toilets and manifestly too little parking provision. One local Café provides as best it can with visitors needs for refreshment. Litter is also a major problem, footpaths, stiles, boundary walls are becoming badly eroded and damaged by over use and indeed the very rocks of the Roaches are beginning to deteriorate under the assault of more visitors than the site can cope with sensibly.

The recent decision to grant a lease for 125 years to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust leaves the future maintenance and use of the Roaches a little uncertain especially as the Residents have not been involved directly in the process of consultation. It must be remembered that many of the difficulties of traffic congestion and over-use affects the surrounding roads and the responsibility for the maintenance etc. of these rests with the Staffordshire County Council [SCC] Highways Department. In the current economic environment it is difficult to see the area attracting any significant expenditure for repair, car parking etc, see section 13 – Quiet lanes Policy.

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