Driving our shoppers out of the town!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Driving our shoppers out of the town! thumbnailMLA Maurice Bradley. CC48-106s

COUNCILLORS are to debate Sunday car park charges following a social media storm over the introduction of tariffs in the run-up to Christmas.
The issue was added to the agenda of tonight's (Tuesday) meeting after angry shoppers took to Facebook and Twitter to complain.
Traders have also raised fears that charges will be drive people from the town centre on some of the busiest days of the year
Throughout the year parking at the Mall and Abbey Street car parks is free on Sunday afternoons.
However, last week Christmas shoppers were told to pay and display.
It's understood around 30 motorists were issued with tickets. Many have complained that signs publicising the charges were inadequate.
MLA Maurice Bradley was among those to voice his concern.
“High tariffs and a lack of free parking spaces is driving people away from our town centres to out of town retail outlets where parking is free.
“Whilst other towns are reducing parking fees, and offering shoppers incentives to stay in towns for longer, Coleraine is charging shoppers now on Sunday during the month of December," he said.
“Several constituents were not aware of the charges and were caught out on Sunday. The sad thing is that some of those who were given fines were attending church and were horrified to return to their cars to see penalty charges of 45 on their windscreens.
“The introduction of parking charges on a Sunday was very badly advertised. The signage was not clear, so I am not surprised that drivers were caught out."
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