A 1,000-name petition has been handed to council chiefs addressing concerns about the proposed sale of a town car park to make way for a housing development.
Chesterfield Borough Council put Ashgate Road car park up for sale at the end of June.
Without the facility, residents fear congestion would worsen on roads in the area while businesses are concerned they could lose trade.
A borough council debate on the plans will take place on Wednesday, December 16, following the handing in of the petition by Chesterfield Liberal Democrats.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, the borough council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “The land at Ashgate Road has been identified for housing development for nearly 20 years and was only ever intended to be used as a car park on an interim basis until it was sold for development.
“We have a range of parking options available around the town with spare capacity to suit regular commuters who want to park near the town centre.
“It will be at least six to nine months before the car park is sold and until that time Ashgate Road will continue to operate as a car park.
“Users will be given plenty of notice before it is closed and made aware of alternative car parking arrangements.”