Free festive parking in Limavady

Free for users on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

Free for users on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

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A decision to waive charges at Council-run car parks in the run-up to Christmas has been hailed as “welcome news”.

Causeway Coast and Glens councillors passed a motion on Tuesday in favour of the move which will see free parking at three facilities - Connell Street, Central car park and Main Street car park - for users on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

A finacial analysis conducted by Council revealed the impact at the three carparks in Limavady would be £1,982.85.

A Council document relating to the matter stated: “These figures do not include lost income from PCN’s or costs associated with traffic attendant deployed hours. Information provided is based on income lost for Saturday charges only.”

Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers welcomed the council decision.

Colr. Chivers said: “This will be welcome news to hard hit local businesses as well as customers at this busy time of year. We have been calling on the Council to spread some festive cheer and lift these fees which will hopefully lead to increased footfall throughout our town centres. The free off street parking will be available for the last three Saturdays in the lead-up to Christmas. This is a simple yet effective way for our local authority to give back to the community. I am also happy to say my proposal to use the Limavady Council offices car park for overflow was accepted.”

Regarding traffic wardens, Council have said they are able to reduce the level of enforcement.