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Motion seeks pre-Christmas cut to parking charges in Newry and district to help troubled traders

'I firmly believe this gesture would be welcomed by our retailers and provide a much welcomed boost during very difficult times'

Councillors will be asked this week to consider a late gift to Newry and district traders – a cut in car parking charges to attract more shoppers.

A notice of motion is due to go before Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s enterprise committee when it sits on Monday.

There have been concerns previously that car parking costs are putting people off visiting the border city and other neighbouring areas are reaping the benefits as a result.

Now, if the notice of motion gets the backing of the committee, a pre-Christmas lifeline could be given to boost trade.

The motion is being brought by Independent Councillor Gavin Malone.

He points to the fact that the retail sector is “currently facing very difficult times due to falling sales, internet competition, Brexit and many other difficulties”.

And Councillor Malone’s motion adds: “Many high street household names, both nationally or locally, have gone or are going into liquidation.

“Even at this late stage I believe the council should consider reducing car parking fees in our district council area, in an effort to increase the footfall in our city and towns in the run up to Christmas.

“I firmly believe this gesture would be welcomed by our retailers and provide a much welcomed boost during very difficult times.”

The motion will be considered and actioned if required.

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