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Derbyshire Gold Card - Renewal Reminder

Gold Card holders are reminded to check validity dates on their cards as thousands are due to expire in the next few months.

Gold Card is Derbyshire's equivalent of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) which allows older and people with certain disabilities to travel free-of-charge, off-peak on local buses.

It can also be used to get discounts at around 700 local shops and businesses and to borrow items from any Derbyshire or Derby city library. More »

Most Gold Cards are valid for five years. Around 108,000 of the 185,000 cards currently in circulation will need renewing soon - with the majority expiring in September and October 2017.

Existing Gold Card holders who haven't yet received a new card, and whose card expires within the next two months, are now urged to renew their cards online. This can be done at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/renewyourgoldcard

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: "Cards are issued automatically when the personal information we hold exactly matches electoral data. Where we haven't been able to check this cardholders will have to renew themselves."

Councillor Ainsworth added: "It is simple to renew and in the first week around 500 Gold Card holders have successfully requested new cards. I would encourage others to follow this lead so they can continue to benefit from free travel and other discounts."

The form can be completed by Gold Card holders whose circumstances have not changed since they were issued with their current card and disabled cardholders who do not need to show continuing proof of eligibility.

Any cardholder whose circumstances have changed since they were issued with their present card – for example cardholders who have moved address within Derbyshire or changed their name – cannot apply online.

Cardholders are encouraged to complete the online form themselves or with help from family or friends. Online renewals can also be made at Derbyshire libraries where staff can help if needed.

Anyone unable to renew online should get in touch with their district, borough or Derby City Council – the local council area where council tax is paid.

First-time Gold Card applicants will need to complete a different application form. This can be downloaded at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldcard. Printed copies are also available at local council offices or Derbyshire libraries.

Details of proof required to confirm applicants' eligibility is listed in the application form.

Cardholders who move out of Derbyshire are no longer eligible for a Gold Card but can still apply for the equivalent in their new local authority area. » Less

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:31 by John Rowe

District Council Car Park Review

The District Council's consultation on its car parking policy is now live and taking place across the district until 18 September 2017.

The review comes about following recommendations by the Community & Environment Committee, 16 March 2017 to review various aspects of the car parking policy. These include:-

  • charges for season tickets
  • charges for permit holder car parks
  • charges for 3 and 7 day permits
  • bringing some existing free car parks into charge
  • making some existing free car parks available for permit holders only - the free car parks in question are Ashbourne's Cokayne Avenue, Cromford Market Place and Lime Yard, Matlock's Edgefold Road and Wirksworth's Canterbury Road and North End.

An online questionnaire can be completed at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/parkingreview. More »

It's important to stress that no decisions have yet been made. Feedback from this survey will go to a meeting of the District Council on 16 November when councillors will consider whether to make further changes to the parking policy. We are not proposing to change any other aspect of the existing Parking Order and our residents should note that the annual Residents' Free Parking Concession issued to every household annually is not part of this review. People will of course ask us why we are considering changes to the existing policy - and we understand this. The fact is that successive central government grant cuts, including a further 20% for 2017/18, make it harder than ever for us to provide the front line services that residents need. We have to find additional ongoing savings of £1.6 million over the next three years and, if possible, aim to do this without substantially increasing the financial burden on Derbyshire Dales Council Tax payers. This means we have no choice but to explore new income areas and to continue to review all our services to achieve further savings and efficiencies.

Any questions about the review may be emailed to carparks@derbyshiredales.gov.uk, or call 01629 761392 or 01629 761302. » Less

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:02 by John Rowe