Parking issues concern Lisburn Chamber

Lisburn Chamber of Commerce recently met with valued member, Greens of Lisburn to discuss recent problems regarding the issuing of parking tickets to customers arriving by car at the rear of the Bow Street business. Lagan Valley MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson also attended the meeting.

Owner Kenny Bradley highlighted the issuing of tickets by traffic wardens to vehicles waiting to enter the supermarket’s own carpark at the rear of their premises.

Mr Bradley commented, “For decades customers of Greens of Lisburn have taken advantage of the limited parking in our own free car parks. We appreciate that this is a very busy area and we provide staff members from Greens to manage vehicles entering and leaving our car parks and also to ensure that those waiting to park do so in a safe and unobtrusive manner. Our customer base has a large percentage of elderly and disabled customers for whom parking in close proximity to our entrance is a major benefit to them retaining their independence. It is upsetting to discover that a number of our customers have received parking tickets while waiting in the queue to enter our customer carpark. In addition, our delivery drivers have also been advised by traffic wardens that they must unload their vans and lorries in ten minutes or less, otherwise they will receive a parking ticket. This is not practical and is a clear health and safety risk. We at Greens fully support Lisburn Town Centre First and would expect the local relevant bodies to adopt the same approach”. 

Chamber President, Evan Morton, stated “Lisburn Chamber is disturbed to hear that customers of Greens are receiving parking tickets and this is having a detrimental impact on our member’s business on a daily basis. I would urge discussions to encourage a common-sense policy on these parking issues.”

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts commented, “Retail NI has consistently hit out at this over-zealous fining policy and the negative message it sends out to shoppers who use their cars to travel to Lisburn and other city centres. The only winners from this are the large out-of-town supermarkets, which have free car parking and no traffic attendants. We want to see sensible and fair enforcement of car parking and an end to this current excessive strategy. A few weeks ago we raised this issue with the Department for Infrastructure’s Permanent Secretary urging a review of their car parking enforcement policy”.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, MP has now called for an urgent meeting with Roads Service to discuss the matters raised by Greens and Lisburn and Castlereagh Council will also be invited to attend to discuss parking issues in the city centre.

Mr Donaldson commented “parking is really now the number one issue influencing trade in Lisburn city centre and I am alarmed to hear that a long established business like Greens is having such difficulties. I will be arranging a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity with the relevant parties for discussions to try and rectify matters. We must all work together to help businesses and not make trading difficult.”