Campaign to save ‘vital’ car park

Two Chesterfield councillors have helped to organise a petition to save a town centre car park they say is of vital importance to the area.

Chesterfield Borough Council intends to sell off Ashgate Road car park to allow houses to be built on the land.

But Brockwell councillors John Dickinson and Steve Brunt say the plan will displace almost 150 cars onto the surrounding roads each working day, leading to chaos on Brockwell and Ashgate streets.

Coun John Dickinson said: “Despite there being a well used car park already there, a lot of people still park in the streets around it and this causes serious parking problems for local residents.”

“If the cars that currently use the car park have to use the surrounding roads it will make parking even more difficult for residents as well as making driving less safe for everyone.”

“As local councillors we are mindful of what our local residents tell us and so we said we would help them in their campaign to save the car park.”

The councillors say they understand the land was earmarked for housing as early as 1995 and that housing supply in the area is way below what it needs to be.

However, if no alternative arrangements are made, they say simply closing the carpark will make an already bad situation substantially worse.

In addition to the petition, campaigners have also set up a Facebook page - Save Ashgate Road Car Park - where residents have been voicing their anger at the councils plans.

Those wanting to sign the petition are encouraged to contact either Coun John Dickinson on 07762 271714 or Coun Steve Brunt on 07887 555433 or alternatively join the Facebook page.