Motorists’ call to reinstate local car park

Ken O'Neill, manager, Jill Smith and Nicholas O'Neill, some of the staff at Jordan's Mill car park which was forced to close this week. US1541-542cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Ken O'Neill, manager, Jill Smith and Nicholas O'Neill, some of the staff at Jordan's Mill car park which was forced to close this week. US1541-542cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

There has been a major response to last week’s Ulster Star story on the closure of Jordan’s Mill car park at Antrim Street.

On the Star Facebook page many angry motorists posted comments expressing their ‘disgrace’ and ‘disgust’ at the decision which its owners said was forced on them.

Ashley Wragg said, “So people losing their jobs only weeks before Christmas, at a time we’re trying to encourage people into the town centre to spend money.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan Dickson described it as a ‘terrible decision.’

He said: “This certainly won’t help local traders and regular visitors at all.”

Craig Livingstone commented: “Disgraceful! Good luck in the future to all who worked there.”

June Johnston expressed, “Greed, greed destroying what was once a great town. Label of city laughable. Centre of town is a disgrace, more like a building site. Sad to see.”

Kylie Porter meanwhile said, “Love the way they had a treat for my wee dog on the way out. I felt save taking him into town when using that car park. Now he won’t be coming with me.”

Councillor Alexander Redpath, also expressed his sadness.

“Jordan’s have reached the end of the road in terms of their planning appeals,” he said.

“The planning system has undergone change since their original application and it might be worth investigating whether it’s worth another go.

“Consumers who are concerned about accessing the city centre in the future should bear in mind there is an off-street car park further down Antrim Street. Graham Gardens and the Mall also operate private car parks.”