Free car parking spots throughout the borough

Belper Christmas Shopping.
Belper Christmas Shopping.
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Ripley and Heanor residents have welcomed plans to park for free in council car parks across the borough in the run up to Christmas.

Amber Valley Borough Council has extended the free period this year which is aimed at encouraging people to shop locally and support town trade.

Belper Christmas Shopping. Derwent Street carpark.

Belper Christmas Shopping. Derwent Street carpark.

The council is encouraging shoppers to take advantage of free parking from Thursday, December 18 to Saturday, December 27.

Residents and visitors can park in any of the 34 pay and display car parks in Ripley, Heanor, Alfreton and Belper.

Zoe Parkinson, of Derby Road in Ripley, said the plan was brilliant for her as a regular visitor to Ripley town centre.

She said: “The council car park on the Market Place is the ideal location to park when I need to pop into the town.

“I think it is brilliant that as residents we are now going to be entitled to park for free.

“It will be convenient for local people and hopefully draw more people into the town centre.”

Jeffrey Mansell, of Bakers Hill, Heage, also voiced his happiness over the plans.

He said: “I think it’s a great idea, especially in the run up to Christmas.

“If people don’t have to worry about parking then it might draw more people into the centre. This in turn may result in more business for local shops and traders which is brilliant.”

Cabinet member for environment Councilor John McCabe said: “It’s the council’s great pleasure at this time of year, to offer free parking.

“We want to encourage residents and shoppers to visit the town centres, and help to support local businesses.”