“New Strategy On Car Parking Needed”- Retail NI

A delegation from Retail NI met with the Department for Infrastructure’s Permanent Secretary Peter May and senior officials this morning on problems with Car Parking and to voice concerns with the 150,000 car parking fines being issued last year.

 Speaking after the meeting, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

 “This was a positive and productive meeting with Peter and his team”

 “Getting car parking and its enforcement right is absolutely key to the future success of our town and city centres. Our members have expressed considerable concern with the over-zealous approach of the traffic attendants, with over 150,000 parking and bus lanes fines issued last year”

 “The impact of so many parking and bus lane fines handed out to motorists in our town and city centres is sending a negative message to shoppers who use their cars. The only winners from this are the large out-of-town supermarkets, which have free car parking and no traffic attendants”

“At the meeting we also strongly opposed any moves toward increasing on street car charges and ending the first free hour policy in many of our town centres”

“We want to see responsibility for on street car parking and minor road maintenance devolved to the eleven local councils. Councils will then have overall control of their car parks and can shape a strategy which works best for their respective town and city centres”

“Retail NI has always been a big supporter of public transport and strongly encourage shoppers to make public transport their first option, rather than their last”

“However shoppers need choice and we need to accommodate them, whether they use their car, walk, cycle or use public transport”

“We also strongly welcome the progress on the Transport Hubs in Belfast and Derry and look forward to the Rapid Transit system being introduced in September”

 Glyn Roberts 07515710517