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Free Parking for Bakewell

posted Dec 2, 2013, 2:07 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 2:08 PM ]
It's free to park in any of the District Council's car parks after 2pm throughout December.

For the sixth year in a row, your District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, it's free to park in any of the District Council's car parks after 2pm throughout December.

Free Christmas parking poster displayed by our parks and street scene officer Helen Carrington.The free parking initiative was introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"Over the past year we have made it clear just how important car parking income is in helping to maintain the local services we provide in tough economic times for local government. But that doesn't alter the fact that we will continue to do everything we can to encourage people to shop locally. It's one of the reasons we are committed to retaining the free parking permit that goes out to all our 33,000 households every year.

"So free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents' parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm. Over the Christmas period, Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day (before 11am and after 2pm). The aim is to help local people and local traders."

Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.