This is an archived press release
Thursday 5 September 2013
Charges for parking in the Peak District National Park Authority car parks are to go up for the first time in six years.
The Authority maintains 45 car parks and parking areas, providing access to local countryside properties and recreational facilities including the trails network. Eighteen of the car parks are pay-and-display and none of the charges have increased since 2007.
The charges help the Authority to provide and maintain the car parks as well as associated visitor facilities such as toilets, information panels and litter collection.
Property manager Abi Ball said: "We think it's reasonable for people to expect car park charges to increase after six years.
"We hope car park users will understand and accept that when buying a parking ticket they are doing their bit to help the national park.
"If we don't increase our ability to finance essential visitor facilities from car parking charges, the money would have to come from elsewhere, threatening our major purposes such as conservation."
Charges for cars and minibuses will go up to £1.50 (currently £1.20) for one hour, £3.50 (currently £2.50) for four hours and £4.50 (currently £3.50) for all day. Motorcycle charges will be £1.50 for all day.
Charges for horse-boxes and lorries will increase from £1.50 for one hour to £3.50 for a new two hour charge, and from £6 to £7 for an all-day ticket. Charges for coaches stay the same at £4 for two hours (to encourage group transport) and blue-badge holders remain free.
Regular users can make savings by buying an annual parking permit. These will go up from £15 to £25 for national park residents and from £30 to £40 for non-residents (£30 for over-60s). Annual permits for single horse-boxes rise from £30 to £40.
The formal procedure for implementing the revised charges is currently underway and will be advertised in local papers. Subject to confirmation by the Secretary of State, the new charges are likely to come into force before the end of the year.
For more information, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/parking.