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Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins this week attended an Infrastructure Committee meeting as she continues to support a call from Newry BID and local businesses for trialing a change in on-street parking rules In Newry city centre. 

Presently it costs a minimum of 40p to park on-street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Presently it costs a minimum of 40p to park on-street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Newry and Armagh MLA stated:“Newry BID attended the Infrastructure Committee today to call for a change to the car park charging rules in Newry city centre. 

“With the exception of Belfast, Newry and Lisburn are the only areas that have Controlled Parking Zones.

“I believe that allowing for a trial for one hour free on street car parking would be a happy medium between supporting our businesses and enforcing parking.

“This would provide a more level playing field and support our local businesses who have been hard hit as a result of the covid pandemic, by encouraging increased footfall in our city centre.

“Newry BID have felt that their views and the views of local traders are being ignored by the Department for Infrastructure as no time-framed review has been agreed to.

“It's essential that the Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon meets with these groups urgently to try and provide a timely solution moving forward.

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