New parking charges in Armagh criticised

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
The decision to start charging Armagh motorists for parking at the Lonsdale Street car park has been criticised by Armagh City Sinn Féin councillor Roy McCartney who has described the decision by Department for Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy as ‘ill thought out’. Councillor McCartney highlighted his concerns at the decision to charge and stated, “Motorists in Armagh are already under pressure in relation to parking spaces. Any decision to do away with free spaces was going to be disappointing. The fact that it is this particular car park is rubbing salt into the wounds for many.” McCartney also highlighted how this decision may impact on those who use the car park for a park and ride facility. “Being right beside the bus station, this car park is used by commuters who park here for the majority of the day while they take public transport to their destination. This decision will surely put people off leaving their car and taking the bus. At a time when his Department is promoting bike use, car sharing and more use of public transport, this decision flies in the face of the Minister’s own Departmental strategy and policy.” McCartney added, “Armagh does not need more fee paying car parks, it does need more car parking spaces to encourage and promote trade and tourism. I would urge Danny Kennedy to rethink his plans in relation to this proposal for the City.”
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