For the 10th year in a row, we're encouraging you to ‘shop local’ this Christmas thanks to FREE parking across the district from 1st December.
In a scheme designed to boost trade, it will be free to park in any of the District Council's 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:
“These remain tough times financially for local government, but encouraging a thriving district is our number one priority, and we are confident this initiative will help 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.
This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.
Councillor Rose added:
“We are delighted that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households. It is important to remember however that 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.”
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.