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Seven up for Free Parking across the Dales this Christmas

posted Nov 21, 2014, 12:42 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 12:43 PM ]
For the seventh year in a row, Derbyshire Dales 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: “We make no apology for reminding everyone that these are tough times for local government finances, but 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. 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.

Councillor Rose added: “In an ideal world, we would of course love 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, despite our dwindling budget. 

“I am delighted however that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit that goes out to all our 33,000 households.”