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Matlock residents could end up paying to park at home as the council searches for ways to fix the town’s parking problems.

Residents have received letters from external consultant URS on behalf of Derbyshire County Council, asking them their views on a possible parking scheme, which could see them having to pay for a permit to park.

The consultation covers approximately 2,000 homes and businesses in a large portion of the town spanning from Steep Turnpike and Chesterfield Road to the western end of Smedley Street and Megdale estate.

Councillor Andy Botham, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We have been asked by a number of local residents who live close to County Hall to introduce a residents’ parking scheme to stop workers parking on local streets.

“So we’ve looked carefully at the area and are proposing quite a large scheme. Now we want to know what local people think.”

The proposed charge for residents’ permits would be £35 per year for the first vehicle of a property with subsequent residents’ permits costing £50 per year and business permits costing £70 per year.

The parking scheme would not provide residents with a guaranteed parking space outside their homes.

The deadline for the consultation is July 16.

If two thirds of those who respond are in favour of a parking scheme the council will then formally consult.

If less than two thirds of those who respond are not in favour then the resident parking scheme will not go any further.

Send your views to news@matlockmercury.co.uk

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