Parking charge increase is ‘suicide’

A planned increase to car parking charges across the Dales has been described as ‘suicide’ for town centres by an angry trader.

Business groups have hit out against the planned nine per cent rise in car parking charges agreed by Derbyshire Dales District Council last week.

However the authority says it needs the revenue from car parks to maintain front line services.

From January 1, the cost of parking for one hour will go up from £1.20 to £1.30, for two hours it will increase from £1.90 to £2.20, for three hours it will go from £3 to £3.30 and for four hours it will go from £4 to £4.40.

The charge for parking four hours or more will be £5 while the cost of coach parking will go down from £5.30 to £5.

The council also agreed to make a number of car parks short stay only, including the Former Lido site and Olde English Road, in Matlock, the Market Place and Granby Road, in Bakewell, and the Market Place in Wirksworth.

Richard Young, chairman of Bakewell Traders’ Group, said: “It is suicide and they won’t receive the income they think they are going to get.”