Bid for more parking at Dronfield station

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Plans to extend the car park at Dronfield railway station have been submitted.

Dronfield Civic Society says it wants to create a community car park and find a new location for 20 storage units which were given approval by planners at North East Derbyshire County Council despite the presentation of evidence from surveys that an extension of the car park was needed to meet demand.

They say the car park is full after 9am and drivers must park on nearby streets.

Passenger numbers at the station have risen by 352 per cent in five years, since new hourly Northern Rail services were introduced, thanks to the efforts of the station’s Friends group.

Many people commute to Sheffield and South Yorkshire from the station.

John Harvey, chairman of the Dronfield Civic Society, said some local councillors were ‘out of touch with the needs of local people when there is a clear need for extra parking to serve local residents’.

The Dronfield Junior School governor added: “Rail users unable to get into the station car park are now parking on School Lane, adding to the hazards faced by parents and children on what is already a very busy road at school start and finishing times.”

The site next to the car park is designated for car parking in the council’s local plan.

Dronfield Heritage Trust and the Friends of Dronfield Station also attended a meeting on the issue.