Car park charges to be reintroduced at Derbyshire Dales District Council's pay and display car parks

Car park charges have been reintroduced at Derbyshire Dales District Council's pay and display car parks now the travel restrictions have been relaxed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 11:54 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 8:58 am

The district council suspended charges at the start of the lockdown to help residents to make any essential journeys during the early stages of the crisis.

Charges will now apply again after the authority revealed it has lost around £375,000 in car parking revenues since suspending charges at the end of March.

But Dales residents can still continue to park for free 19 hours every day using their resident parking permit.

Pay and display charges have been reintroduced

A council spokesman said: "Suspending charges was a step we wanted to take to help our residents in the first months of the crisis, but the Government's decision to effectively open up the Dales to day trippers means we have to re-impose controls on our car parks, particularly the short stay car parks in our busy town centres.

"While we are currently appealing to anyone contemplating a trip to the Derbyshire Dales to think twice because of the potential impact on our communities and reduced local services, we have to accept that, like it or not, some people will travel. Indeed some of our car parks have been at capacity over the past two days.

"We hope that residents will understand that while we have done our best to support their essential journeys by making parking free during the lockdown to date, the resulting loss of income will have long-term impacts on the council’s finances.”