Cookstown free car parking at an end?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

MID-ULSTER Ulster District Council has begun work on a new strategy for off-street car parking which could see the end of free car parking in Cookstown.

The Council currently has 25 off-street car parks, responsibility for which transferred to the Council in 2015 after Local Government reorganisation, with 2,000 car parking spaces spread across 11 towns and villages in a mixture of paid-for and free spaces.

To date, an evaluation of the existing car parks, centring on usage, occupancy and existing operating models, has taken place, with findings presented to the Council's Environment Committee at its meeting last week.

Speaking after the meeting, the Committee Chair, Councillor Clement Cuthbertson, told the Courier: "The development of an off-street car parking strategy is an important piece of work which impacts on our town centres and regeneration work and which has wider considerations in planning and environmental terms.

“Gathering this baseline data is central to informing our future approach and a key part of our discussions with stakeholders and of our wider public consultation activity".

The Council expects to issue a draft strategy for consultation later this year.

Cookstown is believed to be the only town in the Province with free car parking throughout the town.


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