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For the 9th year in a row, your District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas, with free parking across the district from 1st December.
In a scheme designed to boost trade, it will be free to park in all District Council car parks 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:
“Promoting a thriving district is our number one priority, and although local government finances are tighter than ever, 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:
“It is great news that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households.
“In an ideal world we would like nothing more than to make parking 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.”
VIDEO | Every week our bin teams collect food waste from homes across the Derbyshire Dales. But what actually happens to the waste you put in your kerbside caddies?
In this video we follow the process from food waste being dropped off at Vital Earth in Ashbourne, where it is heated up in vessels using natural microbes. It's then tipped into piles and left to mature for a further 6-8 weeks, developing friendly bacteria.
Watch the video below to see how the process ends. And if you have any food waste questions, check our useful FAQs.
On Tuesday 15 November your District Council took part in #OurDay - an annual tweetathon that shows what local government organisations do in a typical day.
We hope #OurDay helped local people learn more about how we deliver the services you value - and you can view the posts and photographs from our Twitter feed below.
On the day our bin teams visited 6,000 Derbyshire Dales homes collecting recycling, household and food waste, we emptied and inspected 400 litter bins, answered 385 phone calls at our Matlock Town Hall HQ, spoke to 57 visitors, dealt with four FOI requests and over 100 email enquiries.
Our Clean & Green Team cleaned and restocked a dozen toilet blocks and carried out winter maintenance on 28 parks and play areas, while our leisure centres provided swimming lessons to more than 670 children.
Here's a flavour of #OurDay 2016:
A lively programme of events runs throughout the year in the Derbyshire Dales - including well dressings, festivals, farmers' markets and our fabulous visitor attractions.