Save Matlock Bath Ride 2016


Mothers Day 6th March 2016 Matlock Bath gridlocked
as Thousands of riders turn out in protest

Over 4,000 bikers from across the country travelled to Matlock Bath in Derbyshire to protest against proposed parking charges.
It would mean bikers are charged 50p an hour for a maximum of two hours.

The convoy of motorcycles caused tailbacks on parts of the A6.

Bikers say it will spoil a tradition and many traders are worried it will affect their businesses if the riders stay away.
This isn’t the first time there’s been an attempt to introduce a charge for parking.
A similar proposal in 2012 was abandoned after thousands objected. This time Derbyshire County Council say that the planned charge will help increase visitor numbers.

They say a final decision has yet to be made.

“We received a large number of responses and a petition as part of the public consultation into the proposed changes which ended in January.
We’re currently analysing the responses and all views will be taken into account before a decision is taken by the appropriate cabinet member”

* Derbyshire County Council spokesperson *

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