Council puts the brakes on plans to charge for permits

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Derbyshire Dales District Council has parked the idea of charging Dales residents’ for their parking permit.

Charging for the permit, which is sent out free annually to all 33,000 households in the Dales, will not be among the recommendations in its fees review.

But local people can have their say on whether a charge of £100 should be introduced for anyone wanting to buy a second permit or replace a lost permit.

Chairman of the district council’s environment committee Cllr Steve Bull said: “It was right to look at the idea of charging for the residents’ permit, but we stressed from the start of this process that some of the review team’s suggestions might change.

“We are immensely proud our popular permit scheme, which has been copied by many other local authorities.”

Residents also have the opportunity to give feedback on the other eight recommendations in the review, as part of a public consultation which began this week and runs until June 21.

The recommendations are: increase parking fees; charge more car parks; charge Blue Badge holders; introduce a half hour charge; designate short-stay car parks; introduce a flat rate charge from 6pm until 6am; charge livestock market traders for the annual parking permit at the Agricultural Business Centre; use parking income to carry out a machine replacement programme offering the option to pay on entry using cash, debit/credit card or phone.

People can comment on the proposals by visiting www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/parkingreview and via questionnaires from Matlock Town Hall, Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the District Council’s leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

Final policy recommendations will be made in July.