Rebellion call over parking

Derbyshire county council chairman Robin Baldry has attacked the authority’s proposals for new parking restrictions in Buxton.

Councillor Baldry and fellow Buxton county councillor Pam Reddy are angry at not being properly consulted over the plans – exclusively revealed in last week’s Advertiser – which could see more pay and display parking bays along with an extension to the existing Residents’ Parking Schemes.

Consultation with the public is expected to take place later in January or early February on proposals to make Burlington Road pay and display. Both councillors believe the proposals will squeeze out parking for patients at the town’s GP surgeries, all three of which are in the area.

“Pam Reddy and I are absolutely disgusted with this,” said Cllr Baldry, who added that the two councillors had only been given a 15-minute briefing on the proposals before it was decided to go ahead with consultation.

“Officers are making the wrong decisions here. We all know something has got to happen here but this is not the way to do it,” said Cllr Baldry.

“I said no way are you going to interfere with Burlington Road because we have got doctors’ surgeries down there.”

He also asked officers to move the coach bays off Burlington Road to free up parking space.

Cllr Reddy echoed her colleague’s anger and called on locals for support: “It’s very much open for consultation and people need to use that process to voice concerns.”

Consultation on introducing Residents’ Parking Schemes to include Hartington Road, St James’ Street, Torr Street, St James’ Terrace, Rock Terrace, Chapel Street, Fountain Street and Bath Road will also take place.

The study also looked at introducing residents parking in other areas of central Buxton including Ash Street, Clough Street, Hollins Street, Market Street and South Avenue.

However, it was thought that, at present, it would be appropriate to adopt a “wait and see” approach to determine whether the changes elsewhere displaced traffic onto these roads.

•The Feasibility Study concluded there should be no change to parking restrictions on Hardwick Street, Hardwick Mount, Hardwick Square West, Hardwick Square North, Hardwick Square East, Silverlands Park, Clifton Road, Concert Place, Hardwick Square South and Silverlands.