The new ‘shadow’ ABC council is setting up a series of meetings with the DRD, calling for a speeding-up of the car parking rules and regulations within the super-council which comes into power in April.
Councillor Arnold Hatch said it was important that the DRD handed over the car parks under their ownership – which will be administered by the 11 so-called super-councils - and set out the rules and regulations in plenty of time before the transfer.
“We will need to know the charges, the penalties, the methodology – what car parks are free and which ones are charged and how much,” he told Tuesday night’s meeting of the group. “Time is flying by.”
It is understood that high-level talks are continuing in order to effect the changes, and after Tuesday’s meeting, Mr Hatch underlined that the current set-up in Portadown could be a template for the ABC area.
The constituency includes the major towns of Portadown, Lurgan, Armagh and Banbridge.
“Portadown has a mixture of free and charged parking that suits the shopper and the trader,” he added. “The £1 for five hours is especially advantageous and I would like to see that continue.”