Renewed campaign to stop congestion

Congestion Problems: Residents from Beeley and Rowsley who live on Chatsworth Road are calling for action to stop the daily traffic congestion, which recently caused a fire engine to be delayed by nine minutes on its way to an emergency call.
Congestion Problems: Residents from Beeley and Rowsley who live on Chatsworth Road are calling for action to stop the daily traffic congestion, which recently caused a fire engine to be delayed by nine minutes on its way to an emergency call.

Campaigners have renewed their fight against congestion nightmares at a traffic jam hot-spot.

Villagers in Rowsley hope to put an end to years of motoring misery and long tail-backs on Chatsworth Road by creating an off-road car park for residents.

But highways bosses say while plans are in the pipeline the car park would have to be funded by parish councillors.

Parish councillor Kath Potter said residents were set to write to Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin about the problem.

She added: “We haven’t got the funds to buy land.

“It is not fair to the residents who pay their taxes towards the road. The parish council can’t be expected to fund what highways should be doing.”

A piece of land beside Chatsworth Road, which would be suitable for the proposed car park, has been looked at but would cost about £50,000.

Shirley Shaw, of Chesterfield Road, said: “I use the road every day. It is dangerous as it’s extremely busy and cars are parked on the road.

“There is also concern about emergency vehicles needing to get through. This has been going on for many, many years and we are all absolutely fed up with it.”

She added: “When there is an event at Chatsworth the police put cones along the road and cars have to disappear which does solve the problem.”

Sally Raynor, who runs the Peak Barn Food Company, in Peak Village, said: “I drive in that way every day. Last week two coaches got stuck which did cause a bit of a problem.”

A spokesman for the Derbyshire County Council said: “The parish council was looking at the possibility of buying land to create a car park, not us.

“We’ve created passing places on the road to try and ease congestion and have agreed to look at what other potential measures, if any, might be feasible if the parish council was able to fund them.”