Mid Ulster District Council is to consult on a new approach to off-street car parking which proposes a change to the balance of paid and free parking.
The Council became responsible for off-street car parking at 23 sites in 8 towns and villages from 1 April 2015 and had commissioned a study to establish how car parks were being used, their capacity and tariffs, as well as to examine how best to develop and manage them in the future.
Under the proposals, which were considered by the Environment Committee last night (3 July) and which seek to equalise access to parking, help prevent all-day parking in key town centre sites and ensure tariffs are consistent across sites, charging would be introduced for 315 car parking spaces at 5 locations in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, with the remaining 18 sites unaffected.
The proposed changes would affect car parks as follows:
- Union Place, Cookstown: all 117 spaces to be charged
- Burn Road, Cookstown: all 106 spaces to be charged
- Perry Street, Dungannon: 92 spaces to be charged (346 currently charged)
- Central, Magherafelt: 116 spaces to be charged (80 currently charged)
- Union Road, Magherafelt: as yet undetermined number of free spaces to be reduced.
An additional 43 spaces for disabled drivers and parent, together with parent and child parking spaces, are also proposed and the introduction of ‘pay on foot’ (barrier) car parking is also included in the new off street car parking strategy.
Other key issues are to be reviewed, including car park layouts to ensure there is adequate space for vehicles to circulate, the size of parking spaces cleaning and maintenance regimes, safety issues, signage and the ease and accessibility of any payment systems.
Consultation on the car parking proposals will begin later this summer and last for a period of 12 weeks. For further information, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/carparking.