New car park helps drivers

Geoff Stevens
Geoff Stevens

A new car park has helped drivers cope with the bank holiday visitor influx in Matlock.

Derbyshire Dales District Council opened the new town centre car park ahead of schedule and in good time for the extended Jubilee Bank Holiday.

The 70–space car park on the site of the former Lido, which closed its doors in August last year.

The Lido was built in 1938 as an open air pool.

Over the years it was a much loved part of the town, having a roof put on it in the 1970s, however the need for a new facility lead to the creation of the council’s £12million landmark Arc Leisure, off Bakewell Road, Matlock, and the old Lido was demolished earlier this year.

Deputy leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Cllr Geoff Stevens, said: “The completion of the new car park is well timed as Matlock gets set for an increase in the number of people visiting the town in the spring and summer months.

“We continue to stress that it remains the district council’s long term vision that the former Lido site will be part of redevelopment plans for the Bakewell Road area of the town.

“But in the meantime we are delighted to be helping town centre traders by creating additional parking spaces while raising revenue from tourists to help maintain the excellent services we provide for the people of the Derbyshire Dales.”

Council leader, Cllr Lewis Rose, added: “The new car park will of course be free of charge to all Derbyshire Dales residents displaying their permits – as with all district council car parks – before 11am and after 4pm every day.

The entrance and exit for cars is on Imperial Road.