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Car park fees cut in 25 towns and cities across Northern Ireland

By Claire McNeilly

Car parking fees will be slashed in 25 towns and cities across Northern Ireland – except in Belfast – for a trial period of up to six months.

The Department for Regional Development said that 93 car parks operated by Roads Service are to charge £1 for five hours' parking.

The move, which was initially tested over Christmas and New Year, will begin this Saturday with the aim of attracting more shoppers.

It applies to car parks which have a tariff of 30p or more per hour.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said the move was an attempt to help retailers, who continue to face challenging circumstances.

"This will support both the local economy and their efforts to encourage more shoppers back into towns and cities across Northern Ireland," he said.

Among the 25 towns and cities benefiting are: Antrim; Ballymena; Carrickfergus; Dungannon; Enniskillen; Hillsborough; Larne; Limavady; Lisburn, Strabane and Derry.

Glyn Roberts of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association welcomed the extension of the scheme.

"Given that off-street car parking is to be transferred to the new super councils, this decision sets down a marker for them to continue, and indeed build upon, this discount scheme," he said.

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