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Donnelly demands urgent meeting with parking chiefs

Thursday, 2 February 2017

DUP Alderman, Freda Donnelly has demanded an urgent meeting with the Parking Enforcement Manager in relation to ongoing issues with the 'Red Coats' in the city.

The local politician has expressed her fears that the level of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) being issued in Armagh could drive visitors away from the city.

Mrs Donnelly has also submitted a Freedom of Information request to Transport NI seeking the number of PCNs issued in the ABC council area in the past two years as well as the other 10 council areas for the same period.

“We read a lot in the media lately about equality, but this does not seem to apply to all towns and villages, as some areas have told the Traffic Attendants (TA) to leave," said the DUP Alderman.

“Whereas some other areas seem plagued with the constant presence of the attendants.

“I have requested a meeting with the Parking Enforcement Manager to relay the issues continually being raised with local politicians about, what has been described as, the over-zealous nature of some of the Traffic Attendants, and also their attitudes to motorists.

“The councillors and officers are doing all that they can to support traders and bring events to the Borough, but by their actions some Traffic Attendants are set on driving motorists out of the Borough."

Mrs Donnelly has also raised the recent issue of a resident of Drumadd Road in Armagh being given a PCN after parking outside his property - something he has been doing for the past 25 years.

“Some months ago a lorry driver was delivering goods to a business in Armagh but all of the available loading bays in the area were in use, so he parked in Market Street and quickly began unloading the lorry. However before he had finished unloading a traffic attendant went to the front of the lorry and issued them with a penalty notice.

“Surely the common sense approach should have been to let the driver know that he had five minutes to finish unloading or else he would be issued with a penalty notice.

“When I contacted the Parking Enforcement Manager about this incident, they informed me that the lorry driver should have driven around the city until the loading bay was available.

“I would also ask motorists to be careful when parking in the designated spaces to ensure that all of the wheels are inside the white lines as one of my constituents recently received a PCN because their wheel was slightly over the white lines.

“The irony is Transport NI's strap line is: 'Working in Partnership with your local Council', but unfortunately as these cases demonstrate, clearly this is not always the case."

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