This year, to support the Council’s 2030 net zero carbon emissions target, the authority is also urging visitors and residents to support Dales businesses by making best use of public transport, car sharing, cycling and walking where possible.
In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 14th 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.
A full meeting of the Council last week agreed to extend the December initiative. Parking was also free after 2pm in all the Council’s pay and display car parks throughout September this year, to help the local economy recover from the pandemic.
However, councillors also agreed that equal promotion should be given to encouraging low-emission alternatives to driving into Dales towns.
As part of its own Climate Change actions the Council has completed its first phase of installation of EV charge points across the district, with further installations planned.
Currently EV charge points are available at:
- Market Place, Wirksworth – one charger accommodating two spaces/vehicles at any one time
- Edgefold Road, Matlock – four chargers accommodating 8 spaces/vehicles
- Shawcroft car park, Ashbourne - four chargers accommodating 8 spaces/vehicles
- New Street, Bakewell - four chargers accommodating 8 spaces/vehicles
Free parking in 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 all 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.