Police bid to end years of parking problems on Chesterfield street

Parking on Shirland Street has been a problem for years. Pictured here in 2012 are campaigning residents Roger Carline, Paul Hopkinson, Kath Carline and Julie Canavan.
Parking on Shirland Street has been a problem for years. Pictured here in 2012 are campaigning residents Roger Carline, Paul Hopkinson, Kath Carline and Julie Canavan.
  • Police increase clampdown on drivers parking illegally on Shirland Street
  • Residents distressed over long-running problems on road
  • Students and shoppers told to park in legal place or seek alternative transport
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Police are stepping up efforts to end years of parking problems on a Chesterfield street after more complaints from residents.

Drivers continue to ignore an access only sign along Shirland Street, which is close to the town centre and Chesterfield College and can become increasingly busy with drivers parking there.

If you are attending college or visiting the town centre then make sure you find an appropriate and legal place to park or find alternative transport.

PC Simon Duddles

PC Simon Duddles and PC Heather Saville, of Derbyshire police, issued 28 Traffic Offence Reports earlier this month to motorists who ignored the sign.

Sergeant Lee Jones, of the force, said: “Parking on this route has been an issue for many years and not surprisingly it’s causing distress for residents living there.

“There have been issues with motorists parking in designated, well-marked disabled bays, preventing residents with disabilities from being able to park near to or access their homes.

“We are working alongside the local community and the college to ensure we can tackle this issue and see an end to years of parking problems for residents.”

PC Duddles added: “Access only means that you can only go on to that road if you are a resident or visiting a resident.

“If you are attending college or visiting the town centre then make sure you find an appropriate and legal place to park or find alternative transport.

“By breaching the restriction you risk being reported by police, which could result in a fine or prosecution.

“Please park with respect and consideration, not only for the law, but for the local community and others who use the road.”