BUXTON MULTI-STOREY SCHEME: The six-deck car park plan to accommodate 388 vehicles

A front page of the Buxton Advertiser & Herald from 1967.
A front page of the Buxton Advertiser & Herald from 1967.

It seems the shortage of parking in Buxton town centre was as much a hot topic 50 years ago as it is today.

However, borough councillors back then believed they had come up with the ideal solution.

The land (left) which was later acquired to extend the current Wye Street provision to accommodate more cars.

The land (left) which was later acquired to extend the current Wye Street provision to accommodate more cars.

The Advertiser reported on a meeting of Buxton Borough Council's highways committee in 1967, when plans were discussed for a £100,000 multi-storey car park at Wye Street with room for 388 cars.

The borough's surveyor told the meeting he had drawn up a scheme with four floors, in addition to a ground floor and the use of the roof.

At that time, the Wye Street car park could accommodate around 100 cars.

Discussions on the viability of the scheme were mostly positive, with councillors deciding to move forward with the plans.

Coun Mrs K. Beadle said she thought it was an excellent scheme - "but it's a heckuva lot of money".

Committee chairman A. Robinson said the need for parking in the town was seasonal and concentrated at weekends. The scheme would have to be a paying proposition. If the motorist required parking facilities then he had to pay for them.

But Coun W. E. Gardner estimated that the council would be in debt even if the car park was full every day.

Treasurer R. D. Shorten said the loan charges would amount to £7,000 a year. He added he felt there were so many places in Buxton where one could nip round the corner and park one's car without paying, that it would need thinking about.

The scheme, however, was shortlived, with the Advertiser reporting weeks later that such plans were being reconsidered.

Chairman Robinson stated the reasons for this were that money set aside in the estimates had been withdrawn, that there were proposals to provide in the region of 200 more car parking spaces in the Pavilion Gardens, and that land in the vicinity of the proposed Spring Gardens relief road had been acquired to extend the current Wye Street provision.