The lack of parking in Granard is likely to remain an issue long after the abolition of the Granard Town Council this year.
This was the view of Cllr Tommy Stokes this week at the monthly meeting of Granard Town Council which was held in Lus na Greine.
He said since the council’s last meeting in January, a number of traders and local people had approached him about the scarcity of parking space in town.
“Several businesspeople have come to me saying that we, as a council, couldn’t even deliver a proper car park for the town,” he said.
His comments drew some support from Cllr Fintan Flood. However Cllr Flood was particulary aggrieved by the congestion arising from the ongoing restoration of the town’s Market House and Library.
Labelling the situation “a bloody disgrace,” the Fianna Fail representative said: “I have had more complaints this week”.
“There is not a place to park or deliver goods,” he went on to say.
“People can’t bring up a pram or anything, they have to go around the block.”
Cllr PJ Reilly suggested one way out of the crisis was to look at perhaps developing ground which had previously been earmarked as a shopping centre and car park. That idea soured somewhat when it emerged certain areas around that site were in private hands.
Cllr Tommy Stokes then led the charge in appealing to council officials to explore the possibility of acquiring the town’s former Hourican Hotel premises.
Vacant for the past five years, the historic Main Street establishment was due to go under the hammer at an Allsop auction yesterday, Tuesday. .
He suggested that the large site of the hotel could provide a solution to the parking problem in Granard.
“It’s derelict at the minute, but we could have a lovely place in the middle of town with all the space we would need,” Cllr Stokes concluded.