For the ninth year in a row, Derbyshire Dales District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas by introducing free parking across the district from 1st December.
In a scheme designed to boost trade, it will be free to park in any District Council car park after 2pm throughout December.
The free parking initiative was introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.
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.
This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.
Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.