Additional car parking signage is set to be introduced in Moira following calls from local traders.
Councillor John Palmer was asked to address the issue of poor signage by concerned business people who say people unfamiliar with the village are unaware of the car park due to poor signage.
He explained: “I was contacted by a local trader in Moira about the poor signage in Moira Village directing motorists to the local car park and also the one hour limited waiting time in Main Street Moira.
“After carrying out a survey myself I did find the signage to be poorly placed and also those using the car park were not aware of the over flow facility in the adjacent car park in Moira demesne.”
Mr Palmer says he spoke with a Department for Regional Development (DRD) official earlier this year who agreed to have a survey conducted to establish what extra signage is needed.
Mr Palmer said the DRD official explained that the “one hour on street parking was adequate giving that the main car park was a free car park and with the over flow facility, there was adequate space to cope with parking demand in the village.”
Mr Palmer said: “I will be contacting the DRD in the near future to ask that the signage be installed a.s.a.p to coincide with the completion of the major works scheme being undertaken in the Moira Demesne.”
A DRD spokesperson said: “Roads Service is aware of the requirement for additional signage in Moira.
“Councillor Palmer was informed in February that the work would be carried out during the 2014/15 financial year. This is still the case.”
Mr Palmer says he believes from correspondence received from DRD that two suitable locations have been identified including Main Street, 150 meters from the car park entrance on the approach from Lisburn.
The other site for a new sign, also on Main Street is approximately 130 metres from the car park entrance on Lurgan approach side.