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Car parking review - your say

Your District Council is asking local people for views on possible changes to our car parking policy.

The council undertook a detailed parking policy review in 2013 when a number of changes were approved and implemented.

Other recommendations were put on hold for further consultation and this process has now started, giving people an opportunity to have their say on the possibility of charging for some existing free car parks and revising charges for season tickets.

The free car parks in question are Ashbourne's Cokayne Avenue, Cromford’s Market Place and Lime Yard, Matlock's Edgefold Road and Wirksworth's Canterbury Road and North End.

An online questionnaire can be completed now, inviting feedback on the possible revision of charges for season tickets, permit holder car parks and three and seven-day permits, bringing some existing free car parks into charge and making some existing free car parks available for permit holders only.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"It's important to stress that no decisions have yet been made. Feedback from this survey will go to a meeting of the District Council on 16 November when councillors will consider whether to make further changes to the parking policy.

"We are not proposing to change any other aspect of the existing Parking Order and our residents should note that the annual Residents' Free Parking Concession issued to every household annually is not part of this review."

The spokesperson added:

"People will of course ask us why we are considering changes to the existing policy - and we understand this. The fact is that successive central government grant cuts, including a further 20% for 2017/18, make it harder than ever for us to provide the front line services that residents need.

"We have to find additional ongoing savings of £1.6 million over the next three years and, if possible, aim to do this without substantially increasing the financial burden on Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers. This means we have no choice but to explore new income areas and to continue to review all our services to achieve further savings and efficiencies."

The deadline for submissions is 18 September. For further information, please email carparks@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or call 01629 761392 or 01629 761302.

A summary of the results from the consultation will be published on the District Council’s website seven days before the District Council meets in November.

Frequently asked questions

Q: Is the resident concession / parking permit affected?
A: No. There are no proposals to alter this concession as part of this review.

Q: Are any other car parks included in the review?
A: No. Only the car parks detailed in the consultation are included in this review.

Q: Are the Pay & Display charges going up?
A: No. There is no proposal to increase Pay & Display tariffs as part of this review.

Q: Is on street parking affected?

A: No. On street parking is the responsibility of Derbyshire County Council and is not included in the review.

Q: Why can’t you leave things as they are? 
A: Successive central government grant cuts (including a further 20% for 2017/18) make it harder than ever for us to provide the front line services that residents need. We have to find additional ongoing savings of £1.6 million over the next three years and, if possible, aim to do this without substantially increasing the financial burden on Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers. This means we have no choice but to explore new income areas and to continue to review all our services to achieve further savings and efficiencies.

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This summer we're offering a fabulous range of activities at our four leisure centres so children can keep fit and, above all, have fun!

View our Super Summer Saver Offer: £70 for unlimited activities throughout the summer holidays! Super Summer Saver terms and conditions [PDF 165KB]

Here's the week-by-week offering at Arc Leisure Matlock, Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Bakewell Swimming Pool and Wirksworth Leisure Centre:

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There are plenty of activities for children of all ages; some sessions are also suitable for adults. Take a crash course in:

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You can also hire our sports halls in AshbourneMatlock and Wirksworth for a game with friends and family or why not have a party in one of our pools?

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This year adults pay £5.50 on Saturdays and £4.50 on Sundays if they buy online in advance - that's 50p cheaper than last year. Accompanied under 16s continue to be free, with concessions available for students and OAPs.

People who buy on the night will pay £7.50 on Saturdays and £6.50 on Sundays - £2 more expensive than the online prices.

Online bookers will be fast-tracked into the Derwent Gardens - and the online incentive prices will also apply to visitors who take the train to Matlock Bath during this year's season, which will run every weekend from Saturday 9 September to Saturday 28 October.

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