In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 12th 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 Garry Purdy (pictured) said:
“Supporting and encouraging a thriving district is a key priority for us and we are committed to helping local people and our business community at this vital time of the year.
“That’s why we are delighted to announce the continuation of this important initiative.
“In a perfect world we would love to make parking free all the time, but local government finances are still incredibly tight and car parking income plays an important part in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.”
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.