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Low-pay workers face doubling of carpark charges

NEW car parking rates across Enniskillen, which will see the fee more than double in price in certain carparks, may come into play from September 1st.
The proposed changes to the parking prices include scrapping the popular £1 for five hours tariff across charged car parks and parking becoming expensive for workers who need long stay car-parking.
The report suggests introducing a £0.40 per hour charge at the car parks on Head Street, Quay Lane North and Shore Road East car parks while Quay Lane South and Shore Road West will be charged at £0.40 for three hours.
Eden Street, Cross Street, Down Street and Market Street car parks have been identified as premium car parks and will be charged at £0.50p per hour if the proposed changes are agreed.
Wellington Place, beside Enniskillen Castle, which is widely used by workers in the town will remain free to use, but a maximum stay of three hours will be put in place for 19 out of the 268 spaces.
Fermanagh Lakeland Forum will also remain free, but will be monitored and it may be necessary to introduce restricted parking or a fixed penalty notice for the misuse of the car park.
Enniskillen Councillor Debbie Coyle has insisted that these changes to the price of car parking are not an attempt to penalise workers.
“As a low paid worker myself I know this is going to have an impact on people. This plan was based on the feedback from shoppers who can’t a space to park to go shopping for a couple of hours and spending money on our High Street. This proposal was also done in consultation with businesses who want the best for their workers. As a council we do have to be sensible about this because there are no shops without shoppers and vice versa. The five hours parking for £1 was introduced as a scheme by the Department and most councils no longer offer it.

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