Dungannon court parking problem ‘won’t be affected’ by closure

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Justice Minister, David Ford, says he does not anticipate that the transferral of cases to Dungannon Court from Magherafelt will not impact on traffic congestion there.

The issue was raised in an Assembly question by DUP MLA, Maurice Morrow, who asked how the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service intends to cope with the additional vehicles in a car park which is “not currently accommodating existing vehicle levels”.

Court users are often left with little choice but to park along the Killyman Road due to the demand for parking spaces.

In addition to Magherafelt, Enniskillen courthouse and a number of others will close as part of a plan by the Justice Minister to save money.

Mr Ford said: “Under the court rationalisation proposals, it is expected that the transferring business from Magherafelt Magistrates Court will generally be accommodated on those days which currently have lower volumes of court users attending court. In this context I would not anticipate that the proposals will impact substantially on the current levels of traffic which might be expected on an individual day.”