Is a mosque coming to former Chesterfield car park site?

Demolition work started on the former West Bars car park in Chesterfield at the end of last month.
Demolition work started on the former West Bars car park in Chesterfield at the end of last month.
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Rumours a mosque may be built at the site of a former Chesterfield car park have been quashed by council chiefs.

Over the last few days, a number of residents have contacted the Derbyshire Times to say they had heard a mosque could be coming to where the West Bars multi-storey once stood.

However, a Chesterfield Borough Council spokesman has confirmed there is no truth in the rumour.

Work to knock down the West Bars car park started at the end of last month. It has now completely gone.

Royal Mail, which owns the former car park, submitted a planning application to demolish it.

Morag Turnbull, of Royal Mail, said: “We are assessing all options for the future use of this site.

“No final decision has been made.”

The car park had not been in use since 2003.

When the Derbyshire Times revealed in March that the car park would be knocked down, readers praised the news.

Commenting on our Facebook page, Louise-Emily Marriott said: “It’s about time – it’s been an eyesore for years.

“Why has it taken so long?”

Wendy Joel said: “I’m glad something is being done.

“It seemed pointless having a sculpture to welcome visitors from one side of Chesterfield, while on the other you get a crumbling, ugly car park.”

On the Derbyshire Times website, one reader commented: “Excellent news!

“The eyesore destruction can only improve the area.”

Tina Whileman said she would like to see the site transformed into a car park for Royal Mail staff.

David Fieldsend suggested the site could could be used as a fair.