Uncertainty surrounds Belper Christmas lights switch-on

NBENBE111125d1, Belper Christmas lights switch on.
NBENBE111125d1, Belper Christmas lights switch on.

Belper’s Christmas lights switch-on event has hit a stumbling block after Derbyshire County Council said it would not support plans to close King Street.

Belper Town Council applied to close all of King Street between 4pm and 10pm on Friday, November, 27 for the switch-on event.

But this week, Derbyshire County Council has said it could not support plans – unless the event was changed to a Sunday.

Coun John Nelson, of the town council, said: “If this is the case, we will have to curtail the event drastically.”

He added that he would need to speak with the town council as a whole before making further comments.

Derbyshire County Council’s statement, issued to us today, said: “We’re not killjoys and always assist with Christmas events by supporting road closure applications where we think they are safe and appropriate...

“The event went ahead on a Friday last year and significant disruption was experienced. For this reason, we’ve made comments to Amber Valley Borough Council that we cannot support the application from event organisers for a Friday closure, because of the traffic congestion and safety problems it causes.

“Closing King Street on a Friday would mean many buses having to stop on the nearby A6 during rush hour. This would have a significant impact on traffic queues, would cause major congestion – both on the A6 and on other Belper Roads leading to the junctions.

“If the application was for a Sunday we would support the closure.”

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