Belfast Telegraph

28 new charge car parks unveiled

The locations of 28 new charge car parks have been unveiled.

Belfast, Bangor, Ballymena, Londonderry and Coleraine are included in the list.

The change was agreed last year and is separate from this week's decision by Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy not to introduce more on-street parking charges.

A DRD spokeswoman said: "The legislation to introduce these charges is at an advanced stage and the department is currently dealing with the small number of objections that were received during its consultation exercise."

The proposal to make some car parks which are currently free paid-for was part of last year's annual tariff review. The consultation was advertised in March this year.

On-street car parking charges in Belfast have risen by 20p, to £1.20 an hour.

The cost of using a Department for Regional Development car park has also gone up by 10p per hour.

On-street parking charges for 30 towns and cities across Northern Ireland will not go ahead, according to the regional development minister.

Mr Kennedy said on Tuesday that he would not be proceeding with the plan. He said he did not feel the timing was right because of the "tough economic climate" in which businesses were operating.

The minister now has an £8.8 million hole in his budget because of the projected revenue lost from on-street parking, which will be plugged through savings at public service provider Translink, among other areas.

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