Festive free parking is offered for £12,500 every Saturday in December at the Council Off Street car park in Lisburn city center and Royal Hillsborough.
Downshire West Alderman Caleb McCready amended a proposal in January to extend free parking and increase foot traffic at the shopping precinct at an additional cost of £7.5m. However, the members concerned have raised the issue of misuse of the system that could affect the local Christmastime economy.
Free Christmas parking is set to cost Lisburne Council £12.5K in a bid for his…
Lisburn South City Councilman Alan Givan (DUP) said: it happens.
“This can be a problem especially in urban areas and it takes up space.
“Should the free parking window be reduced to 4-5 hours?
“Then those who think they can park their car in Lisburn for free all day and go to Belfast for shopping or work will be disappointed.
“It’s a matter of getting a £1 less charge for every £1 you save, and that’s what motivates me to sign up.”
Heather Moore, Director of Environmental Services, said: “At this time, there is no evidence of such abuse, but it will likely be Monday through Friday.
“There is evidence from early morning waste workers at Park and Ride to Belfast that people may use this for work.
“Since the Christmas campaign for advertising is about to begin, could you conduct a survey that includes local business feedback and suggest that the chair and vice chair enable parking extensions by January?”
Amendments to the proposal have been accepted and are expected to affect Lisburn and Castlereagh’s free parking plans for next year.