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DUP Causeway grouping to bring back parking charges to the table

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A special meeting is set to take place next Wednesday to strike rates for the Borough.   On Tuesday, the council voted to bring in independent financial advisors (CIPFA) to make recommendations, report to members and work with council to prepare a medium-term financial plan and financial resilience review.

In addition to this, DUP Councillors have now brought forward a notice of motion to ‘rescind the decision made by Council on 7th January of Car Parking Charging.’  

The motion reads “We undersigned would like to rescind the decision made by Council on 7th January Item 6 review of Car Parking Charging. This is under Standing Orders 23 (1)”.  

The notice of motion was proposed and signed by Councillor Callan, Councillor McAuley, Alderman Finlay, Councillor Scott, Alderman S McKillop, Councillor McLean, Councillor Knight-McQuillan, Alderman Robinson and Alderman McCorkell.

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning a  spokesperson for the DUP Causeway grouping said “The DUP Causeway Group believe that every option should be on the table for next weeks special meeting regarding Rates.

This is why we have brought car parking charges back to the agenda. We agree with other parties that tough decisions have to be made.  It is now for them to show they mean those words. Bringing in these charges would help lower the rate we would have to strike. As we have stated before we will be seeking a full reform plan for the next three years to make sure we are never in this position again.  DUP is working hard to make sure we can deliver the best service at the best value for the ratepayer.”

Taking to so social media UUP Alderman Norman Hillis said “Just when we all thought that the idea of charging for car parking in our coastal towns and villages had been finally stopped after a heavy defeat for its supporters in Janurary, the DUP are trying yet again to put the charges before next Wednesdays special Council meeting.

The pretext to introduce charges is based on the severe shortfall in council finances. We need to cut costs at the council not try to tax leisure.

Time is short but it is essential those involved in defeating the car parking charges rally round again and campaign strongly against this foolish DUP idea. Thinking of Portrush we are facing no Waterworld, no Dunluce Centre, no Barry’s (I sincerely hope I am wrong), no Airshow, possibly no pipeband competition, and if the DUP have their way car parking charges in Portrush and the rest of the coastal towns and villages. Time to lobby your councillors again!”

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