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Traders’ welcome as parking attendants removed from Richhill and Tandragee

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Traders’ welcome as parking attendants removed from Richhill and Tandragee thumbnailParking attendants are being withdrawn from both Richhill and Tandragee under changes announced this week.

TRAFFIC wardens have been axed from Richhill and Tandragee after it was revealed too few parking tickets have been generated.

The two areas are amongst seven towns and villages in the Southern Division, where less than 10 penalty notices had been issued on average each month.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard made the announcement on Friday, as part of a review into parking enforcement deployment.

The removal of the traffic attendants will come into effect immediately, with the five other areas across the Southern Division being Gilford, Dromore, Rathfriland, Crossgar and Dunmurry.

Richhill businessman, Neville Woods, who owns SuperValu on Main Street, has welcomed the ending of the traffic attendant deployment in the village.

"I think it's great to see the back of them as they are doing nothing for Richhill," Mr Woods said.

"People are struggling to try and keep their businesses going and these traffic wardens coming in and placing tickets on vehicles is not helping.

"They would have been here once a week and you maybe wouldn't have seen them again for a couple of weeks. It's another problem solved for businesses," Mr Woods added.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Tandragee, Paul Berry, of Smyth Countrywide, said there has never really been any problems in the town regarding double or abusive parking.

"This town here and indeed Richhill are small towns, but I'm on the street and there is no abusive parking, so it is to be welcomed," said Mr Berry, who is also an Independent Councillor on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

"They (traffic attendants) were appearing in Tandragee and walking up both sides of the street, but frankly had very little to do.

"They had been here a couple of years and I laughed one Monday morning when I saw them walking up Tandragee street at 9am.

"They have probably found out themselves that there is no major job to do in Tandragee," added Mr Berry.

Commenting on the review, Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said his priority is to ensure the free flow of traffic in towns and cities across Northern Ireland. 

"In order to maximise effectiveness and efficiency, traffic attendants are deployed to those places where they will have the most impact upon road safety and traffic progression.

“Any town that was routinely enforced and generated less than 10 PCNs/VDAs on average per month, will be removed from the schedule for routine traffic attendant deployment.

"The Department will continue to visit all towns, including those removed from regular deployment, when need arises or when requested and resources are available."

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