In tonight’s chamber meeting, Councillor William McCandless called for further engagement with Coleraine and Limavady shopkeepers before any decision is taken on car parking charges.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening, Councillor McCandless said “I proposed that the proposed off street car parking increases be referred back to the Environmental Committee for further discussion. I feel further consultation is required with the Chamber of Commerce and shopkeepers.
We need to ensure that we hear the ‘Voice of the customer’ namely the ratepayer. If we are serious about supporting our hard pressed shopkeepers and encourage growth and footfall in the town it is important that we fully engage with them and get this right before making a decision.”
The issues surrounding the proposed increase in car parking charges were debated at length on Social Media after a local business voiced their disapproval, stating that “If Coleraine Council puts up the car park charges in the town centre they might as well roll a red carpet with an arrow on it pointing to the Riverside Retail Park!!”