New car parks to be built at County Hall

Two new car parks are set to be created in Matlock to ease years of parking woes for residents.

Derbyshire County Council approved plans for the sites to be constructed for the authority’s Chatsworth Hall building, off Chesterfield Road.

One will have 28 spaces and be accessed via Wellington Street, the other 23 via Chesterfield Road.

Ian Stephenson, the council’s strategic director for environmental services, recommended the go-ahead for the developments despite concerns from Matlock Town Council.

Town councillors had fears that access to the car park on the lower part of the site adjacent to Chesterfield Road, would affect road safety.

But Mr Stephenson’s report said there had been no objections to the plans from highways experts and the new car parks were intended to meet the “current shortfall in parking provision for staff and visitors who use the Chatsworth Hall site”.

He added: “I am aware that there is an urgent need to address the parking problems in the area.

“It is anticipated that the proposed works will reduce parking, not only on the surrounding streets and main roads, but around the site thereby reducing congestion and parking issues. “

In May the Mercury highlighted the concerns of residents living on Matlock Bank who said county council workers and visitors were making their lives a misery by using their streets for parking.

A county council spokeswoman said that the developments would cost about £75,000, including the £45,000 demolition of a disused gym building.

The car parks must be completed within three years or the planning permission will expire.

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