A parking badge allowing local residents to park free in Derbyshire Dales District Council car parks for 19 hours every day was posted with Council Tax bills.
It's the 17th year that the District Council, one of the pioneers of the scheme, has issued a free parking badge to all 34,000 households across the Dales - and it costs an estimated £2.5-million in lost revenue.
Residents are being reminded to look out for the badge, which should be used immediately, as it landed w/c 11 March in the same envelope as Council Tax bills
One complimentary badge is issued to every household in the Dales, enabling residents to park free of charge in all District Council car parks before 11am and after 4pm every day of the week.
"Continuing to issue the free badges at a time when further central government cuts are forcing us to make some tough decisions, is a significant concession to the residents we serve. The scheme also supports our town centres and traders, and that is a priority for us."
During the whole month of December last year - for the 10th year in a row - the District Council made parking free after 2pm to boost Christmas trade, increasing residents' free parking to 21 hours a day.
The public are being urged to make their views known on the possible closure of some Derbyshire Dales loos
Derbyshire Dales councillors considered at a special meeting on Thursday (8 March) a radical overhaul of public loos across the district in a bid to cut costs. You can view the video of the meeting on our YouTube channel.
The District Council currently provides a total of 26 public conveniences on a discretionary basis at a cost of £467,000 per year - and it has been reviewing public conveniences as one of its high priority measures in bridging a funding gap currently standing at £1-million over the next three years.
At Thursday’s meeting councillors agreed to introduce a 20p charge for the use of loos in six busy locations - Matlock's Hall Leys Park, Bakewell's Granby Road and the Recreation Ground, Ashbourne's Shawcroft, Matlock Bath Memorial Gardens and Matlock Bus Station.
As Community Asset negotiations continue with potential willing partners, a three week consultation will start on a list of at-risk public toilets, designed to measure the potential impact of any closures. Take part in the online survey here - it closes on Tuesday 3 April.
Following the consultation, Derbyshire Dales councillors will meet again to make a final decision on the future of facilities in Ashbourne's Recreation Ground, Bakewell's Riverside, Birchover, Cromford Market Place, Darley Dale, Artist's Corner Matlock Dale, Matlock Bath Pavilion, Matlock Hall Leys Park Play Area, Monsal Head, Monyash and Thorpe.
As part of the review, the District Council has been urging local town and parish councils to take over the responsibility for loos in their areas - and some have taken up the offer. Community Asset Transfers have been agreed for facilities at Ashford in the Water and Wirksworth, with a one-year lease proposed to transfer the facilities at Eyam to the parish council in return for a 50% contribution towards running costs, subject to review in 2019.
Negotiations are also underway about the possible transfer to parish councils of the public toilets in Bradwell and Bonsall. The loos at Middleton by Youlgrave are to be retained as a 26 week per year facility during April to October each year without charge.
To help plug the gap of any closures, a Community Toilet Scheme will be adopted by the District Council, where local businesses will be asked to allow members of the public to use their own loos for free in exchange for a small revenue grant. The council will also be exploring new sponsorship and advertising options at retained public conveniences.
Among other recommendations approved at Thursday’s meeting was a formal consultation to be undertaken to consider the amendment of the Off Street Parking Order to introduce a 20p additional levy for car parking and £1 for coach parking to help towards the cost of retaining public loos located in rural car parks at Baslow, Over Haddon and Hartington - and that all cash received through the levy be directed to repairs and improvements at these specific locations.
A report to the meeting stressed that although the District Council remains committed to delivering the frontline services local people and visitors have come to expect - such as street cleaning, environmental health and refuse collection - the drive to make efficiencies means it has to look at the services the authority is not required to provide, including public conveniences.
Local people and visitors to the Derbyshire Dales have already been asked for their views in a consultation last autumn. The new consultation will ask local people and visitors to specify which loos on the potential closure list they use most, the potential impact of any closures and how that impact might be mitigated.
View the report [PDF 447KB] to Thursday’s meeting.
We completed the recycling catch up today (Friday 16 March), but our crews are working on Saturday to finish off a few domestic waste and food collections.
Please leave out containers.
Recycling collections outstanding in the Ashbourne areas of Osmaston and on Mayfield Road, Hermitage Close and Keepers Croft Ashbourne were completed on Fridaym
Due to vehicle breakdowns earlier in the week, grey bin, black sack and food collections were not finished in Marston Montgomery and a number of areas of Ashbourne yesterday. These were largely caught up today.
If you still have any missed bins please report them here.
Thank you for your continued patience.
To confirm, in previous updates on this page we made it clear that all garden waste collections had been suspended from Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 March. Here's the actual referance that appeared on this page from 2 March:
To enable our crews to focus on missed collections and scheduled grey bin/black sack/food and recycling collections, we are suspending all garden waste collections on Monday and Tuesday. Food waste collections that are collected by the same truck as garden waste are also suspended on Monday and Tuesday. We may have to suspend the collection of garden waste beyond Tuesday for the remainder of the week dependant on the success of the catch-up.
Please note also that crews will not be returning for any garden waste collections that have been missed this week. We aim to collect these on your next scheduled garden waste collection date.
Further snow during the catch-up slowed things down to the extent that the garden waste suspension was taken into a third day - and again this was made clear on this page at the time.
The licensees of a Derbyshire Dales pub have been fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £600 costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of a planning enforcement notice for failing to remove a static caravan from their premises.
Local volunteers put off by weather conditions earlier in the month, were not deterred this last weekend when they re-arranged their litter picks and clean ups as part of this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
Councillors from across the political divide - including Independents - voted unanimously on Monday night to increase the District Council's share of Council Tax by 2.99%, which means Dales households will pay on average 11p more a week for our services in 2018/19.