Free parking boost for Dales shoppers and traders

DERBYSHIRE Dales District Council is again encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from December 1.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, it’s free to park in any DDDC car park after 2pm until New Year’s Day.

Free parking in December was introduced four years ago to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “As a council we are having to cut back again because of another reduction in Government grants this coming year but while car parking income is vital in supporting the services we provide for the people of the Dales we want to do everything possible to encourage people to shop locally.

“This measure is on top of residents’ parking concessions which allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm. We think this policy is fair and, crucially, it 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.