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Derbyshire dales parking review goes to consultation

A major review of parking charges in part of Derbyshire is to go out to formal consultation.

Derbyshire Dales District Council said without car park income, its council tax bills would go up by 35%.

The review, due to begin next month, will look at a current residents' permit scheme, new charges for coaches and reduced evening charges.

Traders in some towns claim charges are putting off customers with some shops even offering to refund the cost.

In January about 30 independent shops in Matlock set up a scheme to give customers spending more than £15 a deduction of £1.90 - or the equivalent of two hours parking.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose said: "A review of our car parking policy is long overdue and we look forward to the public's feedback on the innovations they would like to see happen."

"What has to be borne in mind by council tax payers however is the massive contribution parking income makes currently to the first class services we are able to provide here in the Derbyshire Dales."

The council currently operates 33 pay and display car parks and provides an off-peak parking permit to all households in the area.

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