New single car parking permit for Peak District National Park - enforcement aims to reduce misuse of spaces
This is an archived press release
Tuesday 26 March 2019
A system of varied car parking permits for Peak District National Park Authority-owned pay and display car parks has now been replaced by a single, £40 annual permit.
The new permit coincides with pay and display enforcement, which will take place from 8th April.
The updated permit gives visitors the opportunity to use any Pay & Display car park in the scheme – 18 of the 45 National Park Authority-owned car parks – for less than 80 pence per week.
For a visitor staying for a full day just twice a month, this represents a saving of almost £75 a year (normal day rate £4.75).
Blue badge holders will continue to park for free at all facilities.
Several of the most popular Authority-owned Pay & Display car parks will now also be subject to enforcement patrols to reduce avoidance of payments and mis-use of spaces.
Drivers will initially be given a warning notice from 1st April, with full enforcement taking place from later in the month.
The new £40 annual permit rates among some of the lowest within the 15 UK National Parks, with the most expensive (the Lake District) currently costing around £500 per year.
The new patrols will be undertaken on behalf of the National Park Authority through the Derbyshire Parking Partnership (operated by Derbyshire County Council).
All Pay & Display fees will continue to be invested into National Park Authority land and projects in the areas surrounding the car parks involved in the scheme.
The new permits will apply to National Park Authority-owned sites only.
Emma Stone, head of visitor experience development, said: “Every pound raised from annual permits and Pay & Display charges is used to help look after our trails, estates such as Stanage North Lees, picnic sites, toilets and car parks throughout the Peak District National Park. These funds allow us to keep rural facilities open for everyone to enjoy.
“Our UK National Parks are free to visit at the point of entry, so for a regular visitor the cost of 76p per week to use any of the 18 National Park Authority car parks in this scheme is excellent value.
“We believe that regular patrols will provide fairness for those visitors who wish to support their National Park, and discourage others who may choose to ignore the Pay & Display system.
“Visitors to the Peak District National Park continue to have access to 1,600 miles of public rights of way, 65 miles of accessible trails and our remaining 27 car parks that do not have charges.”
Increases to Pay & Display fees have also been capped at 50p for a four-hour stay (now £4), and 25p on an all-day stay (now £4.75).
Emma Stone added: “For those who get the most out of the Peak District National Park as regular visitors, helping to maintain these facilities for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each month will make a difference to looking after the UK’s original National Park.
“Effective enforcement will improve traffic flow at busy times, ensure disabled bays are used only by people who need them and encourage parking within marked bays.”
People can buy annual parking permits from visitor centres in Bakewell, Castleton, Upper Derwent Valley (Fairholmes) and Edale, or online from www.peakdistrict.gov.uk
- Permit prices have been benchmarked against annual parking permits in other National Parks and the Peak District permits are among the lowest priced. Permits in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are £40, North York Moors National Park - £45, Snowdonia National Park costing £250, and the Lake District National Park £500.
- Signs have been displayed in relevant car parks explaining the charges and enforcement arrangement since the beginning of January 2019.
- A list of our car parks can be found on our website at https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/parking/parking-locations
- The Peak District National Park has joined the Derbyshire Parking Partnership which means that non-payers will now be issued with enforcement notices. The penalty charge is £50, with 50% discount if settled within 14 days.
- Penalty fees will contribute to the cost of enforcement patrols undertaken.