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NIIRTA Delighted at Car Park Charges Victory

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association has strongly welcomed the decision of Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to formally drop plans to introduce additional on street car park charges in over thirty towns.
NIIRTA along with over 27 other business organisations and local Chambers of Commerce led the campaign of opposition to these proposed charges.

Glyn Roberts NIIRTA Chief Executive said:

We are absolutely delighted with Minister Kennedys decision to drop these charges

This is a good result for our town centres and independent retail sector which have campaigned hard to get these proposed charges dropped in the thirty towns

It is also a good day for devolution as it shows that having locally accountable Ministers can make a positive impact in changing policy

The current system in the 30 towns where shoppers can park free for the first hour or two works to ensure a turnover in traffic and prevents people from parking all day. To have charged for this could be the final nail in the coffin for our town centres

At a time when we should be encouraging more shoppers to visit our struggling town centres, these charges would have resulted in more shoppers being forced to go to out of town stores which offer free car parking
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