Assembly business plea

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Derry’s chamber of commerce CEO has said the new government must provide business-friendly legislation to help grow the private sector.

Sinead McLaughlin made the comment after it was revealed that almost all the North’s political parties are opposed to the introduction of town centre parking charges. She said the business community remained “very concerned” about the impact of on-street car parking charges on “fragile sectors” such as retail, tourism and services. “Along with 27 other business organisations across Northern Ireland, we are strongly opposed to the introduction of these charges and the damage they will do to our historic retail centres, such as Derry city centre.

“There is a real risk that the intended parking charges will drive traffic and footfall away from our urban centres. Government must provide business-friendly legislation if they want the private sector to grow.”