Congestion in Bakewell has always been a problem. And a problem on most days of the week for that matter. Therefore plans to move the towns car parks out of the centre and banning HGVs from entering the town over the Wye bridge should be welcomed with open arms. Even if it cost £5,000 to come up with the idea!

Over two million visitors pour into Bakewell each year driving more than 150,000 cars, and the streets are regularly clogged with traffic.

There are currently two main pay-and-display car parks on Granby Road and Market Street, providing around 180 spaces between them.

A Bakewell Town Management Group is being formed to consider a range of proposals regarding the future of the town.

It follows the recent circulation by Bakewell Community Interest Group of a draft town plan ‘Bakewell 2012 and Beyond’ and a consultant-led appraisal report on all aspects of the public areas of the town.

Led by Bakewell Town Council, it will include representatives from the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District  Council and various local organisations with the purpose of overseeing major improvements to the town.

The cash for the recent consultancy was provided by the Peak District National Park Authority.

I’ve got some ideas too and it won’t cost a penny for them!

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with and owner of


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