clampdown on parking

Scores of free parking spaces in Buxton town centre look set to be lost under proposals unveiled this week.

Double yellow lines together with new Pay and Display parking bays could be introduced as part of changes put forward by the County Council.

On Burlington Road the Council have put forward plans for new pay and display parking bays, a section with free parking for two hours and a further part to remain unchanged with free, unrestricted parking.

The charges for the parking bays would be 60p for 30 minutes, £1 for up to an hour, £1.50 for up to two hours and £2.70 for up to four hours. A new coach parking area, for up to two hours, is put forward for St John’s Road near to the Swimming Pool.

Certain sections of Park Road would see double yellow lines introduced. The same restrictions are also proposed for both sides of Lismore Road from its junction with Burlington Road to its junction with Lismore Grove.

Now the public are being urged to have their say on the plans. A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We are currently consulting on proposed changes to parking in Buxton and welcome people’s views.

“Our proposals include the introduction of pay and display parking on some areas of Burlington Road and yellow lines in the surrounding area.

“Currently many people park on Burlington Road all day. Our proposals for shorter-term parking would mean that more people are able to park there to make use of the nearby park and shops.

“All views submitted during our consultation period, which runs until June 15, will be taken into account ahead of a decision being made.”

Ward member Councillor Robin Baldry said the proposals for Park Road and Lismore Road would help residents as visitors were parking on both sides of the road, making access difficult.

“We have got to look after the residents and I agree with what they are planning.”

“It is time they did something there. I really feel for the residents.”

He said vehicles were parking on Burlington Road all day and the changes would help free up spaces – particularly for patients visiting the doctors surgery.

Cllr Baldry said tourists should be making use of the towns car parks while commuters could look into the season tickets for car parks offered by High Peak Borough Council which have an extra discount for local businesses.

Detailed plans of the proposals are now available to view at County Hall in Matlock or at Buxton Library on Kent’s Bank Road.

lAnyone wanting to comment on the proposals has until June 15 to submit their comments to the Strategic Director, Environmental Services, County Hall, Matlock DE4 3AG, marked for the attention of the North Road Traffic Team.