Shoppers counting cost of city parking

Published Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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Calls are being made for private car parks in Belfast city centre to cut their prices in the run-up to Christmas, with some drivers having to pay over £11 for just three hours parking.

Shoppers counting cost of city parking
Concerns have been raised over the cost of parking in Belfast city centre. (© Pacemaker)

Drivers can already struggle to find parking spaces during the busy festive rush, but paying the bill can also be tough.

While on-street parking in Belfast costs 60p for 30mins and £3.60 for three hours, that rises to £1.70 for 30mins and £4.70 for three hours at Castlecourt.

In Hi-Park, the cost for three hours rises again to £6, while it is £9 for the same amount of time in Victoria Square.

And over at Montgomery Street, it's hiked to £11.30 for three hours.

Some deals are in place for evenings and weekends, but drivers are still counting the cost.

I think they will want to reflect on whether they represent value for many and, in the current climate, are they fair levels to be applying to people who want to come in to the centre of Belfast and do some shopping to assist the local economy.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy

Traders also want to see every effort made by private car park operators to help encourage shoppers into the city.

"They have an important role because many shoppers rely on those car parks and we need that and the traders in Belfast need all the help they can," Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, told UTV.

"We want to see action from them - when are they going to step up to the plate?"

The Department for Regional Development recently announced cut-price parking in towns across Northern Ireland and there are also offers on public transport, but it says the onus is now on the private car parks.

© UTV News
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15 Comments
Martin in belfast wrote (282 days ago):
why drive your car into town? get a bus or train. I hope that the car parking costs rise even further as this will only help to promote alternative modes of transport.
Brian in Belfast wrote (283 days ago):
Parking should be free on any city centre street all of the time provided they are not causing an obstruction. After all, people pay road tax.
john in Antrim wrote (283 days ago):
If Mr. Kennedy wants to improve the lot of venues and shop keepers in Belfast then maybe he can explain why motorists are now prevented from parking along the road at Queens Island when wanting to go to the Oddessy. The car park is far too small and takes ages to leave.
come on belfast in belfast wrote (284 days ago):
why not every Saturday and sunday in December give free parking to attract shoppers into the city ?look at the monies people would spend in the city centre.
Mairead in Belfast wrote (284 days ago):
Tom in Belfast the reason blue badge holders get free parking is because many are unable to use inaccessible public transport or need to park close to their destination due to limited mobility. They get free parking as the cost of paying parking or taxi fares every time they go anywhere would be prohibitive. Perhaps you think all disabled people should stay at home and not participate at all in pubic life. Your comment about the number of blue badge holders parking early in the morning implies you think disabled people shouldn't be able to work or if they can that they are not disabled. I recommend you google 'the social model' of disability to educate yourself. It's because of attitudes like yours that disabled people are one of the most marginalised groups in our society.
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