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11,000 parking tickets in Mid-Ulster in two years

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

JUST over 11,000 parking tickets have been dished out across Mid-Ulster in the past two years.

A little over half of the tickets have been handed out for on-street parking rules infringements, with the rest handed out for breaking off-street (car park) parking rules.

Cookstown is a hot spot for on-street parking tickets being handed out, with 2,356 tickets handed out in 2015 and 2016.

This is in stark contrast to the number of tickets handed out in car parks, with just three handed out across two years, with none issued in 2016.

The reason for this is all car parking in Cookstown's car parks is free, although that is under risk as Mid-Ulster Council has began a consultation on car parking charges in future throughout the district.

Magherafelt accounts for over half of all tickets handed out, with tickets particularly commonly handed out in the town's car parks.

Between 2015 and 2016, there was a total of 4,034 tickets issued.

There was a significant number handed out on-street as well, with a total of 1,946.

And that means there was almost 6,000 tickets handed out in the town in the past two years.

Dungannon certainly hasn't avoided parking tickets either, however.

Between off-street and on-street parking, there has been a total of 2,341 tickets handed out over the two years.

The majority of those are for on-street parking regulation violations, with 1,381 tickets issued. Just under 1,000 were issued in car parks.

Numerous other villages throughout the district saw on-street car parking tickets dished out in 2015 and 2016.

Just four and 15 tickets were handed out in Aughnacloy and Donaghmore respectively across the two years.

However, a significantly higher amount were handed out in Clogher (121), Fivemiletown (85) and Moy (97).

No more tickets will be handed out there now, though, with traffic wardens no longer to attend any of those villages.

It followed revelations that traffic wardens would not be patrolling Coalisland after a warden was forced to flee the town when visiting last November.

Coalisland was not included on the list of towns and villages published by the Department for Infrastructure, where tickets were handed out.

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