Coalisland parking comments ‘a bit rich’

Parking in Coalisland has become a hot topic in recent days after DUP MLA Maurice Morrow said there was "disparity" in the issuing of fines.
Parking in Coalisland has become a hot topic in recent days after DUP MLA Maurice Morrow said there was "disparity" in the issuing of fines.
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A COALISLAND election candidate has hit back at the latest comments from DUP Assembly Member Maurice Morrow about parking in the town as “interference”.

Maurice Morrow called for action over how parking is enforced across Northern Ireland, claiming there was a “big disparity” in the number of parking fines issued from one town to another.

The DUP MLA was speaking after it emerged that no parking tickets were issued in Coalisland last year.

Two other towns, Bessbrook and Crossmaglen, also saw zero fines handed down, according to the Department of Regional Development (DRD).

It is believed to be the fourth year that Coalisland has escaped any tickets, and Maurice Morrow said that the town has been left in “chaos” as a result.

Hitting back at the DUP man’s views, Linda Dillon, Sinn Fein election candidate for the Torrent area, said: “I think it is rich that someone who is not elected for this area would appear to have such an interest in imposing restrictions and fines upon the people of the area.

“Coalisland for far too long had all sorts of restrictions imposed by those who were not from the area and didn’t represent the people and it is for that very reason that the locally elected representatives make decisions involving the local community who will be directly effected.

“There is no doubt like any town there is room for improvement and that is something to be welcomed but it is investment and improved infrastructure that is required not restrictions.”