Local consumers are to be asked whether paid parking is putting them off shopping in Longford town, writes Liam Cosgrove.
It comes after Cllr Michael Connellan saw his bid to introduce two hours of free parking come to nothing as councillors voted against the proposal last week.
Instead, and as a counter proposal, recommended by Cllr Gerry Warnock, the Town Council look set to hold an independent survey to gauge the opinion of shoppers.
Town Mayor Paul Connell said by opting for a questionnaire, it would give the council’s executive the necessary “breathing space” to prepare for any parking changes that may impact on its budget.
It’s now anticipated the council will seek the advice of Longford County Enterprise Board chiefs to determine how best the survey can be carried out.
In a further development, Longford Town Council has agreed a deal to outsource the operation and maintenance of its paid parking meters to UTS Global/Senaca.
The Dublin based firm took over responsibility for the Midlands Local Authority area on July 16 in a move that could save Longford Town Council €30,000 each year.
The handover is one area Leinster House leaders hope to establish significant cost savings under a broader Local Government Efficiency Review programme, councillors were told this week.