Free parking again after 2pm in December

Derbyshire Dales District Council is reintroducing free parking across the district after 2pm for a month from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 15th year in a row it will be free to park in any District Council pay and display car park after 2pm throughout the festive season.

The free parking initiative was introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

Councillor Sue Hobson, deputy leader, promoting free Christmas parking
Again 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.

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
Cycle racks are also available in the District Council’s car parks in Bakewell’s Granby Road, Eyam, Over Haddon, Matlock Bath’s Station Yard, with two in Matlock at the Lido and Station car parks. Cycle lockers are available at Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

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.

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