Staff working for Antrim and Newtownabbey Council have been rewarded with time off in lieu of parking further away from their workplace.

According to the Antrim Guardian the rule has been put in place to vacate parking spaces, freeing them up for those attending conferences on council sites.

The Guardian states that staff are able to take 45 minutes off if they parked along streets within walking distance of their workplace.

In a statement to the BBC, the council said the parking spaces were sometimes needed for the crowds using the facilities at Mossley Mill and that it generated over £145,000 worth of income for the year 2017/18.

The council also said staff were given advance warning of conference dates.

“Staff who volunteer to park off site are allowed time to walk to and from their normal place of work at Mossley Mill,” the council said in a statement.

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