Leek hotel expansion plan fuels concerns about inadequate car parking for guests

CONCERNS expressed by community leaders about inadequate parking are threatening to apply the brakes on a proposed hotel expansion in a Staffordshire Moorlands town.
Premier Inn bosses are seeking planning permission to add a two-storey 28-bedroom extension to their 63-bed hotel and restaurant hotel in Leek.
But the propsal would lead to the reduction of six of the current 54 car parking spaces on the Ashbourne Road site.
County and district councillor Charlotte Atkins , though welcoming the hotel’s plans for expansion, said: “My concern is that vehicles will be forced onto the side streets, which would be most unfair on residents. There must be more parking.”
Fellow Labour district councillor Darren Price, in also welcoming the hotel’s expansion plan, suggested there was a lot of land in the vicinity to take more car parking.
“A masterplan of the area is needed,” he said.