Charges pay for services

I’d like to respond to Daryl Rodger’s letter about car park charges at Black Rock (Why are we charging here? Matlock Mercury, May 24, 2012).

We standardised car parking charges at our main countryside sites to make them simpler and fairer for everyone who uses them.

We feel the charges are reasonable. It costs just £1.20 for up to two hours parking, £2.40 for up to four hours and £3.60 all day.

And those who use the car parks regularly can buy an annual pass for £60.

These fees are in line with those charged by other councils and countryside attractions and any profit will be used to support council services, including maintaining the car parks and countryside sites.

The cost of introducing and running the parking scheme at Black Rocks are no secret. It cost £10,000 to set up and between July 2011 and April 2012, generated £9,500 income.

That means that all set up costs have been recouped.

Paying a little to park at our countryside sites means that we can continue to look after our fantastic countryside sites for everyone to enjoy.

Cllr Simon Spencer

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport