Petition launched to save Ashgate Road car park

Ashgate Road car park.
Ashgate Road car park.

Two councillors are campaigning against the sale of a Chesterfield car park to make way for a housing development.

Chesterfield Borough Council put Ashgate Road car park up for sale at the end of June.

Labour councillors Steve Brunt and John Dickinson, who have started an online petition opposing the move, said: “The car park is well used by residents from across the borough, accessing the local doctors’ surgery or town centre.

“We’re also mindful of traffic problems that would occur on neighbouring streets should the car park be lost.

“We need more than 1,000 signatures on the petition to enable a debate about the sale of the car park to take place in full council and we are hoping we can encourage more people from across Chesterfield to sign it.”

Click here to sign the petition.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, the 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 it 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.”