A CUT in Magherafelt’s parking charges will come into force in November, according to Mid Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea.
Mr McCrea welcomed the Minister for Regional Development’s announcement during question time at Stormont on Monday that Pay & Display charges in Magherafelt Car Parks are changed to 40p for a 3 hour stay.
“I took the opportunity during question time to the Minister for Regional Development to welcome his willingness to listen to the concerns of businesses and residents about parking charges in Magherafelt.
“I was delighted with the Ministers announcement that from November 2013 motorists will pay 40p to park for 3 hours. This change I trust will result in a positive impact for both motorists and retailers alike.
“Whilst this is extremely welcome, I am still concerned that the Central Car Park was changed from a free car park to 80 spaces converted to pay and display with 38 free spaces retained.
“This change has had a negative impact on King Street as people who work in the town centre and previously parked in a free space all day find it difficult to get one of the 38 free spaces and are forced to park on King Street.
Whilst I have no issue with people trying to find a free space, there is an issue with cars causing an obstruction to people using mobility scooters and parents wheeling a pram having to put their health and safety at risk by going onto this very busy road to get past cars parked on the footpath.”
He added that he has written to the Regional Development Minister asking him to review this decision and return the Central Car Park to free parking.