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Free parking for 11th year in December

Your District Council is encouraging people to ‘shop local’ this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 11th year in a row it will be free to park in any District Council pay and display 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:

“It is well documented that these are tough times financially for local government, but we are absolutely committed to our number one priority of supporting and encouraging a thriving district.

“So while car parking income is vital in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors, we are delighted to announce the continuation of an important initiative that undoubtedly helps local businesses and our residents at this important time of the year.”

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.

Free parking permits were issued to every one of the 34,000 households across the Derbyshire Dales back in March.

It 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.

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Christmas and New Year bin collections

Derbyshire Dales residents are reminded that Christmas and New Year bank holidays mean bin collections for most residents will be one day later than usual over the festive fortnight.

The only exception is the Tuesday collection scheduled for Christmas Day itself, which will take place three days earlier on Saturday 22 December.

As Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday this year, it means the week leading up to Christmas - including Christmas Eve - will be business as usual, apart from the additional Saturday collection for usual Tuesday households on the 22nd.

The District Council’s contractor Serco will not be working Boxing Day but will collect usual Wednesday waste and recycling on Thursday 27 December, working extra days on Saturdays 22 and 29 December and 5 January.

Residents are asked to note that no additional household waste will be collected, so are advised to make sure all their household waste is contained in their grey bin with the lid shut, or, for homes on a sack collection, in four standard sized black sacks.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“Residents should limit the amount of household waste they put out for landfill, but we are always happy to take excess recycling. All we ask is that any additional material is left at the side of recycling containers, making sure it is easily identifiable and suitably contained.

“We recommend using transparent containers, such as stacker boxes, rather than black bags, so we can easily identify the contents, and ask that any excess card, paper and magazines are separated from other excess recycling. Cardboard must be flattened and broken down into smaller pieces no wider than 0.5m to fit in the recycling compartment of our trucks.”

More information on presenting excess recycling can be found online here.

Food waste collections will continue to happen weekly and recycling collections fortnightly.

To help prioritise household waste and recycling collections at this busy time of year, all garden waste (green bin/compostable sacks) collections are suspended from Saturday 22 December to Saturday 5 January inclusive.

Every household in the district received a Christmas and New Year collections timetable in the October issue of the District Council’s Dales Matters publication, and a collection calendar is also available to view or download online here.

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Special meeting to discuss Traveller family

Watch again the broadcast of a special meeting of our Community Environment Committee on 10 December that was updated in respect of a Gypsy and Traveller family who have presented themselves as homeless.

Councillors were asked to determine an appropriate course of action to discharge the Council’s statutory duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. 

The meeting voted 12-4 to accept legal duties & responsibilities to Gypsies and Travellers, agreeing to the provision of a temporary tolerated site on land at Tinti's Yard, MatlockBath Station Car Park, pending the identification of a more appropriate, permanent solution.

View the full report to the meeting  [PDF 650KB].

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Nominate your community champion

Derbyshire Dales residents are being urged to nominate community champions who make their neighbourhoods tick.

The Chairman of the District of Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Jean Monks (pictured), is inviting nominations for the 2018/19 Community Awards.

She said:

"We want to hear about local people who deserves recognition for the work they do in their local community. They may be the driving force behind a local organisation or an individual who goes out of their way to help others or improve local facilities or the environment."

Nominations can be made now online

The civic role held by Councillor Monks, who represents Hathersage and Eyam, is to establish and maintain links with people in the local community, promoting the interests of the district and the people living and working in it.

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