Sunday parking fees for Derry only

The signs in Derry city centre regarding weekend parking.

The signs in Derry city centre regarding weekend parking.

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Derry City & Strabane District Council has said the return of regular car parking charges for Sundays in the run-up to Christmas, will only apply to Derry and not to Strabane.

The council took over responsibility for charges across the two former council areas earlier this year, as part of the Review of Administration.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged local people and Christmas shoppers heading into Derry on a Sunday to be mindful of the charges in order to avoid fines of £90 or £45 if paid within 14 days.

Councillor Colly Kelly said “I would just like to warn people not to get caught out with parking fines over the next two months.

“In the run up to Christmas these car parks on Sundays are always very busy so I would urge people to check the signage and the correct parking charges. Every penny counts at this time of year and last thing anyone wants to happen is to return from a day out in the city centre to find a parking ticket on their car.”

A council spokeswoman meanwhile said: “In keeping with the former DRD pricing structure, Sunday car parking in Derry’s city centre from November 1st will be charged at the regular tariff from 1pm to 6pm throughout the months of November and December only.

“Car parks in Strabane will continue to operate without charge on a Sunday and parking in most of the other rural towns across the district is also free.”