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Free Parking for Eighth Year Throughout December

posted Dec 11, 2015, 9:19 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 9:28 PM ]
For the eighth 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 will be free to park in any District Council car park after 2pm throughout December.

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:

"Boosting the local economy is our new number one priority, so, despite the continuing financial squeeze, we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to encourage people to shop locally.

"The 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.

"This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps 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.

Councillor Rose added:

"We would like nothing more for parking – and indeed all our services – to be absolutely free at all times. But the reality is that car parking income plays an important role in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.

"It is great news however that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households."

Our free Christmas parking initiative actually dates back to 2004, when it ranged from 1-24 December. From 2008 we extended the incentive to include every day in December.