Sunday, 7 July 2013

Muir halts Holywood Pay and Display Parking Plan

I have managed to halt plans to introduce on street Pay and Display parking charges in the heart of Holywood after being notified by the Roads Service “we do not envisage implementing on-street pay and display parking in Holywood without the full support of the Council"

A recently published Roads Service Holywood Parking Report 2012 detailed “It is recommended that the introduction of Pay and Display parking be considered in the main commercial streets in the Town Centre"

I am delighted to report that the pay and display plan has thankfully been halted followed a concerted campaign which involved gaining support of North Down Borough Council against pay and display parking in the main commercial streets in Holywood Town Centre.

With Holywood Town Centre now enjoying a relatively low vacancy rate the last thing businesses and shoppers needed was new charges to replace the 1 hour on street parking limit. Free parking for up to one hour on Holywood’s High Street and surrounding areas is extremely popular with shoppers who were aghast at these plans.

I look forward to engaging with the Roads Service to address parking and traffic flow without the worry that these plans will be imposed over the heads of North Down Councillors.

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