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It's FREE to park again!

A parking permit allowing local residents to park free in Derbyshire Dales District Council car parks for 19 hours every day is in the post this week.

It's the 22nd year that the District Council, one of the pioneers of the permits scheme, has issued a free parking permit to all 34,000 households across the Dales.

According to recent surveys, the 34,000 permits in circulation are used around 2.5 million times each year, providing an annual worth to residents of more than £3.7m, while providing vital support for local shops and businesses.

Residents are being reminded to look out for the permit as it lands towards the end of this week in the same envelope as Council Tax bills.

The permit enables residents to park free of charge in all District Council car parks before 11am and after 4pm every day of the week.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"Since its introduction in 1997 this successful scheme has been used as a best practice model by other local authorities, and although our budget is tighter than ever we remain committed to continuing to issue the free permits.

“It’s a priority for us to help the residents we serve and support our town centres and traders."

During the whole month of December last year - for the 11th year in a row - the District Council made parking free after 2pm to boost Christmas trade, increasing residents' free parking to 21 hours a day.

Residents can buy a second permit for their household for £60. More information here.

  • Pictured above: Parks and Streetscene Officer Helen Carrington with one of the 2019/20 parking permits
A parking permit allowing local residents to park free in Derbyshire Dales District Council car parks for 19 hours every day is in the post this week.

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