A new multi-storey car park has been developed in the heart of Chesterfield and will be open and ready to be used by residents and visitors to the town this week. (30 July 2019).
The Saltergate car park is owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council and is located on Saltergate close to local shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
With 526 spaces, the new car park is open 24 hours and has wider spaces than the previous car park it replaces.
It also has six electric vehicle charging points initially installed but there will be the capacity for an additional 10 as required if demand increases (16 in total).
There are also 32 disabled spaces and 15 parent and child spaces available.
Access to the new multi storey car park is controlled by barriers at both the entrance and exits, with drivers collecting a ticket on their way in to the car park. This ticket will then be needed to come through the pedestrian entrances.
The car park is un-manned but has CCTV running throughout and an attendant can be contacted by pressing the call button on the payment machine if users lose their ticket for example.
Works on the car park have been carried out in a timely fashion and on budget, with this development being part of the Northern Gateway development which includes the privately-led Elder Way Scheme, home of the new Premier Inn hotel, the Council’s new enterprise centre and street improvements to Elder Way and Knifesmithgate.
Councillor (Cllr) Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “I am delighted that the car park is now open and ready for people to use. This secure car park is open 24 hours a day, all year round so I am sure it will serve shoppers, those staying at the new Premier Inn hotel on Elder Way and commuters.
“Chesterfield Borough Council is committed to serving and supporting communities by investing in new facilities such as this to make the town a great place to live and visit. It’s a priority to make Chesterfield a thriving borough. This is the latest regeneration project that is helping to develop the town centre and I’m confident it will be well-used for years to come.
“With the number of electric vehicles on our roads rising, we made it a priority to have six charging points available at Saltergate, with this number rising to 16 depending on the demand”.
An opening event took place yesterday (29 July 2019) to officially mark the new development as being ready to use. This was attended by leader of the council Cllr Tricia Gilby, deputy leader Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Cllr Terry Gilby, cabinet member for economic growth and Cllr Kate Sarvent, cabinet member town centres and visitor economy, as well as staff who have been involved in the development and Huber who built the new car park.
The Northern Gateway Scheme has been funded by Chesterfield Borough Council and Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
Work is also due to begin this summer on Chesterfield Borough Council’s enterprise centre on part of Holywell Cross (Donut) car park. The main works are scheduled to begin after archaeological works are completed.