Christmas is coming and the car parks are getting full!
The question of how best to use Council-owned car parks in the run up to Christmas to entice shoppers to local towns was debated during Tuesday’s meeting of the Causeway Coast and Glens Council’s Environmental Services Committee.
During the debate, Alderman William King asked if the car parks could be opened free of charge at some point in the run-up to Christmas to encourage shoppers to support local shops and businesses.
Cllr Brenda Chivers said that the legacy council in Limavady previously open its own car park to the public free of charge in the two Saturdays before Christmas and asked would it be possible to repeat this? She also asked was it possible to re-introduce the five hours’ parking for £1 offer before Christmas.
Cllr George Duddy said that, while he didn’t disagree with offering incentives to shoppers using car parks in the lead-up to Christmas, he said councillors would need to see the financial impact of such a move.
It was agreed to consider some sort of parking incentive for shoppers once the financial implications had been examined and Chambers of Commerce consulted with.