Move to scrap charges at Limavady car park ‘good news’

Main Street Car Park, Limavady. (2505PG37)
Main Street Car Park, Limavady. (2505PG37)

A move to scrap charges at the only car park on Limavady’s Main Street has been hailed as “good news”.

Members of Causeway Coast and Glens Council’s Environmental Services Committee agreed on Tuesday the 20p per hour charge at the car park be removed. Members heard removal of the charges would attract a saving of £2,448.60

The proposal will be taken forward to a full meeting of Council for ratification.

Local councillors say the move at a car park, which used to be free for drivers, makes sense.

Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers said: “This news will be most welcome to local shoppers, businesses and people who work in the town. There was a public outcry when the DRD originally implemented the charge. Hopefully, this announcement will encourage more people into the town, which will drastically improve the footfall for the local shops.”

Colr. Chivers added: “I have submitted a proposal to council that parent and children spots are made available in the council car parks, which I hope will be passed.”

TUV Colr. Boyd Boyd Douglas, speaking after the meeting, said: “As far I’m concerned, I’m very pleased Council will be taking the charges off Main Street. I was opposed to it when DRD introduced those charges. This car park is used by elderly people who find it difficult to park on the Main Street and need to access places like the post office. I feel it will be good for business in the town as more people will be able to park at their convenience. It’s good to see it.”