Chesterfield car park sale ‘will cause road chaos’

Ashgate Road car park, which is to be sold by Chesterfield Borough Council.
Ashgate Road car park, which is to be sold by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The proposed sale of a Chesterfield car park has been slammed by a resident who says it will cause road ‘chaos’ in the town.

Chesterfield Borough Council put Ashgate Road car park up for sale on Monday, June 29.

Brockwell resident Geoff Mitchell says that the idea to replace the site with housing has ‘not been thought through’ and that the council should scrap the proposed sale.

Mr Mitchell said: “It beggars belief the council intends to sell off a popular local community amenity which is used by so many residents on the edge of the town centre.

“Chesterfield Borough Council has a huge land bank of brownfield sites which could be used to help satisfy housing needs and raise money for council coffers.

“It doesn’t appear to have been thought through very well either, as the displacement of 150 cars on to the streets of Brockwell and Ashgate will just add to car parking chaos which residents have suffered for some years.

“The Ashgate Road allotment holders, who are set to lose car parking spaces, will need reassuring that any proposed housing development is not likely to turn into a major housing estate on their adjacent allotment land.

“Better still, the sale of the Ashgate Road car park should be scrapped altogether and this well-used car parking facility be allowed to continue to serve the local community.”

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “The land at Ashgate Road has been identified for housing development for nearly 20 years and was only ever intended to be used as a car park on an interim basis until the land was sold for development.

“We have a range of parking options available around the town with spare capacity to suit regular commuters who want to park near the town centre.

“It will be at least six to nine months before the car park is sold and until that time Ashgate Road will continue to operate as a car park.

“Users will be given plenty of notice before it is closed and made aware of alternative car parking arrangements.”

The council will use the period before the sale to look at whether it is possible to have a £1 a day car park site in the town centre area.