PARKING FOR DEVONSHIRE
Temple Road car park in Matlock Bath is the parking area commonly used for Devonshire Mine trips. Recently Derbyshire Dales DC have installed a height barrier on the car park following some concerns about travelling communities using the area. Any one of you that runs a business or has personal use of a van or other high vehicle has now effectively lost access to Devonshire mine unless you either park a long way away or in residential areas. I personally think that height barriers are a terribly poor way of controlling a problem user group and is simply a kneejerk reaction by DDDC. I drafted a letter to send them to explain the plight of mine users and ask that they rethink the barriers. This letter was accepted by both DCA and the PICA Officers and has gone to DDDC signed on behalf of both organisations.
Now the letter should have arrived with them, I’d like to move on to step 2. Attached is the plain text of the letter and who to send it to. It is in PDF format because the forum can't do uploaded Word files. To get it into Word, open the PDF, highlight text and then copy and paste across. If anyone reading this post can take 5 minutes to email or write to DDDC about this matter too then that would be excellent. Use the attached text as inspiration for your own complaint, or just send in the attached text with your signature and details on. The hope is that with a surge of complaints, DDDC might consider removing the barrier or leaving it unlocked.
Any questions please get in touch. It’d be great to hear from anyone who does send a letter in so I can keep track of progress. Please take the time to do this.