Councillors eye changes to Longford’s paid parking laws

Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind).

Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind).

New proposals by local area representatives could see the reformation of the contentious issue of paid parking in Longford town.

Cllr Gerry Warnock (Ind) has a number of proposals which will both incentivise shoppers and cut parking costs, and he intends to put forward a notice of motion on the matter at today’s (Wednesday) meeting of Longford’s new Municipal District.

Included in Cllr Warnock’s Motion is a proposal to increase the ‘discretionary period’ from 10 minutes to 20 minutes and to reduce the operational timeframe window from 8.30am –6.30pm to 9.30am - 5.30pm.

“This, I believe will offer greater flexibility for people availing of short stops in the town area,” the public representative added. “The realignment will offer extended flexibility either side of normal business hours and cater for people wishing to stop off or attend meetings before or after work.”

The provision of an Annual Permit for people whose principal residence is within the parking zone should be provided free of charge for a family car also and there should be an option to purchase a ‘Visitors Permit’ for €50, the local councillor says.

“I believe that it is right and just that the family car be allowed a parking facility outside the residence free of charge,” he continued. “There should also be a provision for the option of a Quarterly Permit for Off-Street Parking at a reduced rate of €100 per quarter and this permit would be valid for designated All Day Car Parks only. This amendment will represent value for money for people who are working or shopping in town on a daily basis. Such a measure could represent a saving of over €200 to the customer. I also would like to see a local business incentive scheme.”

Meanwhile, the former president of Longford Chamber of Commerce and recently elected local area representative, Cllr Seamus Butler has welcomed the various motions to secure changes to the parking Bye-Laws in Longford town. “For many years, as President of Longford Chamber of Commerce, I have been calling for these self-same changes,” he said, adding “particularly with regard to the extension of the grace period; the shortening of the hours of payment and the free off-street parking on Saturdays. “These are all measures that I have called for many times before; the drop in income that may result from some of these measure could be offset by the uptake of my €100 per quarter season ticket proposal for off street parking from 18 months ago to the former Town Council.”




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