On-street parking tariffs for Newry to increase
On-street parking tariffs in Newry will increase from Monday 20th February.
Commenting on the change in tariffs, Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said, “On-street parking tariffs in Belfast have not increased since 2011 and have therefore not kept pace with inflation. Similarly, tariffs in Newry and Lisburn have not increased since 2009 and 2008.
“On-street parking provides a vital resource for shoppers and visitors and is an important support for the economic and social life of our towns and cities and for that reason I have limited these increases to the minimum possible,” he added.
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has expressed surprise and dismay at the Infrastructure Ministers’ decision.
Speaking to Newry Times, Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said, “This decision to hike car parking charges in Belfast, Newry and Lisburn city centres without any consultation is completely unacceptable.
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“Rather than increasing Parking Charges, the Minister should be reducing them to encourage more people to come into the three city centres. The only winners from this hike are the big out of town superstores with their unfair competitive advantage of free car-parking and no over zealous traffic attendants.
He added, “We will be fighting this hike and will be engaging with all political parties during the Assembly Election to ensure Belfast, Lisburn and Newry City Centres get a fair deal on Car Parking.”
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