Free parking for Dales Christmas shoppers

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Shoppers are being encouraged to support their local businesses when it comes to buying festive gifts this year with free parking.

For the seventh year in a row, Derbyshire Dales District Council is 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 will be free to park in any council car park after 2pm throughout December.

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

Council leader Councillor Lewis Rose said: “We make no apology for reminding everyone that these are tough times for local government finances, but we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to encourage people to shop locally.

“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. Over the Christmas period, Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day (before 11am and after 2pm). The aim is to help local people and local traders.”

Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave valuables in their vehicles.