ANOTHER week, another parking story hits the headlines.
While people in Ashbourne are still getting over the prospect of paying more to park in the town following the latest news from the on-going review by the Derbyshire Dales District Council, the national park authorty has announced sharp rises.
The changes, announced by the Peak District National Park Authority, will affect a handful of parking areas in and around the Ashbourne area but what effect will it have on the local economy?
Obviously, the national park authority has a lot of paying out to do through an average year - keeping our countryside looking the way it does - and it’s only fair its visitors should help to foot the bill.
But, while in the main some people might not mind paying an extra quid or two to park up, there are obviously some who prefer a freebie.
Take Tissington, for example. By its nature, this pretty little estate village is giving all its visitors a freebie as they flock in day by day to explore what is widely regarded as one of the Peak District’s must-sees.
Rather than park in the authority-run car park and pay a fee to park they simply drive out again and seek space in the village on its roads and verges.
The owner of the village, Sir Richard FitzHerbert, who has become something of an ambassador for local tourism, says he is fed up of cars clogging up the roads in his village.
Pop in to Tissington on any sunny day and you’ll see cars dotted about everywhere.
Rather than a pretty duck pond, quaint cottages, a stately home and those famous wells, all visitors will see is parked cars.
Sir Richard asked for another offical car park a long while ago but it fell on deaf ears. Surely if one was built now, and a restriction was place on parking outside, it’d be a good money-spinner. Especially given the amount prices will rise next year.