Off-street parking debate

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Members of Mid and East Antrim’s Policy and Resources Committee have debated the Council’s response to the new Off-Street Parking Bill to devolve the management of off-street car parks to Councils from April 1, 2015.

Presenting a report on the new legislation’s impact, a Council officer said that there were concerns over the ‘potentially significant downward adjustment of capital values’ and lower generated income caused by recent reductions in parking charges.

Members heard that the consultation paper also referred to the potential appointment of parking attendants by Councils after existing contracts between the DRD and private sector providers expire in 2016.

The report suggested that co-operation between the DRD and Council would be needed in the future regarding disabled parking provision, loading bays and parking facilities to enhance the economy.