Fermanagh and Omagh District Council says that no decision has been taken yet on proposals to remove over 200 free car parking spaces from Omagh town centre.
The proposals, which are contained in a five year-strategy on off-street parking, were prepared by consultants and revealed in a recent document which was presented to councillors.
The prospect of losing so many free parking spaces is concerning local workers who currently have no alternative but to park close to the town centre on a daily basis.
But online discussions about the issue have now prompted the council to say that final decisions on the strategy have yet to be taken.
In a statement, a council spokesperson said they were reacting to “recent media coverage and online discussion”.
“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council wishes to reaffirm its position that no specific council proposals, actions, initiatives or changes in relation to the operation of particular off-street parks within the district have been considered or agreed,” they said.
“Any future proposals with regards to off-street parking will be published and in the meantime, off-street parking arrangements remain unchanged within the district.”
If the proposals are implemented, it would result in the introduction of parking charges at six car parks in Omagh town centre which are currently free.
They are Church Street North, Church Street South, Cunningham Terrace, Market Street, Campsie and Castle Street.
The amount paid by motorists at a number of other town centre car parks would also increase by 10p, while anyone planning a session at Omagh Leisure Complex would face ‘enforcement measures’ if they use the car park there for longer than three hours.