The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has warmly welcomed the announcement by the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy that he is to extend the 5 hours for £1 Christmas scheme for a six month pilot, covering 93 Car Parks in 25 towns.
NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “This is very welcome news for the 25 town centres and for the retail sector as a whole.
“NIIRTA has been urging the DRD Minister to extend this successful Christmas scheme to support our members and ensure that town centre car parking is affordable for shoppers, given the competition from free out-of-town car parking.
“Given that off street car parking is to be transferred to the new super-councils, this decision sets down a marker for them to continue and indeed build upon this discount scheme.”[caption id="attachment_48720" align="aligncenter" width="540"] DRD Minister Danny Kennedy and NIIRTA CEO Glyn Roberts launching the £1 scheme for 5 hours last Christmas.[/caption]