Council plans to encourage staff to cut car usage

Newtownabbey Borough Council could introduce parking charges at its Mossley Mill headquarters in a bid to encourage staff to leave the car at home. INNT24-033FP
Newtownabbey Borough Council could introduce parking charges at its Mossley Mill headquarters in a bid to encourage staff to leave the car at home. INNT24-033FP

STAFF at Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Mossley Mill headquarters could be charged for car parking in the future.

That’s just one possible measure being considered by council management in a bid to encourage more employees to use sustainable modes of transport for the commute to work.

At this month’s Environment Committee meeting, council members agreed in principle that the council should adopt a Workplace Travel Plan - a draft of which was presented by Travelwise representatives.

The plan will focus on six council sites - Mossley Mill, the Central Services Depot, Carnmoney Cemetery and the Valley, Ballyearl and Sixmile leisure centres - with the aim of encouraging staff to car share, use public transport, walk or cycle to get to and from work.

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