Debate raises fears about Chesterfield car park sale plans

Ashgate Road car park.
Ashgate Road car park.

Council chiefs have agreed to take into account concerns about the planned sale of a Chesterfield car park.

Chesterfield Borough Council put Ashgate Road car park up for sale at the end of June last year and the land is earmarked for a housing development.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition against the proposed sale – triggering a debate at a recent meeting of the council.

Without the car park, residents fear congestion would worsen on roads in the area while businesses are concerned they could lose trade.

The petition was started by Chesterfield Liberal Democrats.

Councillor Maureen Davenport, who represents the party in the Brockwell area, said: “Although we were not able to stop the sale of the land, we were able to highlight the issues and make sure they were considered by the council and there will be further opportunities to make our case in the future – including when any planning application is made.

“There is now a greater need for it to remain as a car park and there are many brownfield sites around the town which still await development.”

The council insists the land at Ashgate Road has been identified for a housing development for nearly 20 years and was only ever intended to be used as a car park on an interim basis until it was sold. Users will be given “plenty of notice” before it is closed.

Coun Davenport thanked the 1,170 people who signed the petition.