Bid to pedestrianise part of Chesterfield town centre in crackdown on inconsiderate drivers

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Chesterfield town centre could be made a pedestrian zone in a bid to crackdown on inconsiderate drivers.

Police say they are being inundated with calls about vehicles parked in and around the Market Place, next to the Market Hall and in New Square and a clampdown has been launched after an ambulance was unable to get to a woman who collapsed.

Officers say vehicles are being ‘inconsiderately’ parked in the pedestrianised areas and Derbyshire Times Facebook friends have supported the drive saying the town centre should be car free.

Chesterfield police are now liaising with the highways department about the possibility of making the area completely pedestrianised and drivers found to be parking illegally will be fined.

Sergeant Nick Booth, of the Chesterfield Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said thoughtless drivers posed a safety risk.

He added: “It is really important that drivers park both legally and considerately.

“We will be patrolling the area and taking action against any drivers found breaching the parking restrictions to help us ensure the safety of everyone using the town centre area.”

Derbyshire County Council will make the decision on whether to pedestrianise the town centre.

The Market Place is not a fully pedestrianised zone, but vehicle access is controlled by Access Only signs at the top of Glumangate, which leads to the Market Place.

Vehicles can only drive from Glumangate and onto the Market Place for loading/unloading purposes or for disabled badge holders to park in designated spaces. There are no designated spaces on the Market Place or New Square Access for any other reason is illegal.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We’ve received complaints from traders and members of the public that some drivers are causing danger and obstruction by ignoring current traffic restrictions covering New Square in Chesterfield.

“As a result we’re reviewing the area and looking at the possibility of introducing a new restricted zone which will cover the lower part of Glumangate, the lower part of Soresby Street and a section of New Square and High Street.

“We won’t make any changes without a full consultation to enable traders and members of the public to have their say.”