No parking tickets issued in Dungiven last year

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Not a single parking ticket was issued to drivers in Dungiven last year, despite a claim from a local councillor who says “red coats” are in the town on a “regular” basis.

A breakdown of parking tickets issued in towns across East Londonderry was provided to the Assembly following a question by DUP MP Gregory Campbell.

The figures reveal just eight drivers received fines in Dungiven in 2014, and none last year.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey told the Derry Journal: “Traffic wardens do be up in Dungiven on a regular basis. You would see two wardens on the Main Street every couple of weeks but, to be honest, I don’t think there is a problem with parking in Dungiven.”

In Limavady, in contrast to Dungiven, 1,055 drivers were hit with fines in 2014, increasing to 1,233 in 2015.

In Coleraine, 4,090 motorists received parking tickets in 2015.

Almost 400 penalties were imposed in Portstewart and 529 in Portrush in 2015.

DUP Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen said the number of penalty notices issued “depends on many factors, including the size of the town, the extent of parking restrictions and the volume of traffic”.