New car park set to ease congestion

Drivers are celebrating after an aptly named village car park was unveiled.

Years of campaigning finally saw Bolehill residents launch their new car park on Saturday.

Villagers hope the spaces will ease congestion problems and improve emergency response times in the community.

Wirksworth Mayor Andy Pollock performed the ribbon cutting ceremony at Parker’s Piece – the name of the field the car park has been built on.

Derbyshire Dales District Council agreed for Wirksworth Town Council to build the nine-space car park in Bolehill, opposite the institute building.

Residents said the area’s narrow lanes had delayed emergency vehicles and an ambulance had struggled to reach a woman giving birth and a man who had had a heart attack.

Liz Ormond, of Bolehill Improvement Group, said: “The lack of emergency access really spurred us on to move this forward.

“Emergency vehicles will now be able to turn round and access people better and it will provide more off road parking for residents.”

She added: “I think the real crowning glory of the project was discovering the piece of land the car park is built on happened to be called Parker’s Piece. We thought it was an opportunity not to be missed.”

Bolehill Improvement Group have been working on the project since around 2003 but it was only after getting a grant from the district council and support from the town council – which now owns the land the car park is built on – that the scheme began to move forward in 2008.

Cllr Pollock said: “The town council is very pleased to offer the new car park to the people of Bolehill and hope it will alleviate some of the traffic problems they have got.

“Bolehill Improvement Group instigated this project and came up with the idea.”

He added: “The name Parker’s Piece could not be better. Whoever Mr Parker was in the beginning I’m sure he would be very pleased to see what the field is now being used for.”