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Friday, April 23, 2021

McCaw: ‘people shouldn’t have to pay to park where they live.

A Tuesday nights Environmental Committee meeting, Councillor McCaw proposed a motion that would see a parking scheme introduced to several residents in Portrush in which they would be able to park free at the East Strand car park.

Presenting the motion to council, Cllr McCaw explained this was to be implemented as part of the agreement to introduce car parking charges.

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The motion that was proposed reads: ‘That Council implement a parking scheme to allow all permanent residents of Causeway Street, Craig Vara and Hamilton Place in Portrush, who have had no access to off-street parking, to park free of charge at East Strand Car Park. This was a prerequisite to the introduction of parking charges in this car park. Furthermore, Council will also introduce free parking passes for parents dropping off children at Saint Patrick’s Primary School.’

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In seconding the motion, Councillor Hillis said that: “promises made haven’t been fulfilled“, however, The Director of Environmental services Aidan McPeak replied to clarify that his department doesn’t act on promises but decisions made.

Mr McPeak also clarified that this was a pilot scheme and there is due to be a paper brought back before council on this. The Director also recommended that it may be helpful to take advice on this from Councils Solicitor.

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Taking a vote on the motion Councillors voted with 8 against & 4 abstentions, so the motion fell.

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