Council considers 5-year plan for off-street car parking within Fermanagh and Omagh
12th April 2018
A 5-year strategy has been developed by professional advisers, AECOM, on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to address the overall requirement for off-street car parking within the district. The strategy was developed following a review of existing parking practices and demand throughout the district following consultation with members of the public and key stakeholders.
The review highlighted a number of key issues around parking in Enniskillen and Omagh which include problems associated with long stay parking in key locations within the town centres; an imbalance between free and charged car parking and different charging arrangements.
Following this review and taking into consideration consultation responses a 5-year off-street car parking strategy was presented to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, which aims to:
– Provide an appropriate level of parking to support economic vitality;
– Ensure that parking is inclusive for all types of users;
– Ensure that parking takes place in appropriate locations;
– Deliver well managed, high quality parking, utilising technology where possible;
– Ensure that car parking provision encourages sustainable commuter travel;
– Ensure that parking provision supports business and tourism, a reduction in congestion and pollution and improves road safety.
Some of the actions proposed in the strategy for consideration include:
– The removal of £1 for 5 hours tariff across charged car parks
– The introduction of charged car parking or changes to parking tariffs at a number of car parks
– Improvements to accessible space provision
– Proposals for maintenance and upgrade of car parks
– Options for the use of new technologies
Having reviewed the off-street car parking strategy and action plan, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council considers that actions should be introduced on a phased basis and be continually monitored to assess their impacts until the objectives are achieved.
Council Officers will present a proposed initial programme of actions for consideration by Council Members at a future Environmental Services Committee meeting and in the meantime arrangements will remain as they currently are.