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20 Jan 2022

Paid parking issue to take centre stage at July meeting of Longford County Council

Paid parking in Longford town

Paid parking issue to take centre stage at July meeting of Longford County Council

The long-running saga surrounding paid parking looks set to dominate next month's meeting of Longford Municipal District.

Councillors had requested to be kept informed of what income the local authority continues to take in on a rolling basis.

At last week's monthly meeting, Director of Services Barbara Heslin said exact figures for the first six months of this year would be spelled out ahead of the Council's summer recess in July.

Ms Heslin did, however, reveal the figure was around the €5,700 mark.

Long time critic of paid parking, Cllr Mae Sexton said she would be making her feelings known when those statistics were debated in full necxt month.

“€5,700, that's it for half of the year? she asked.

“I have said it time and time again for the hassle people have to put up with.

“It's the reason why they (consumers) are not shopping on Main Street.

Others, typified by the likes of Cllr John Browne said he intended putting forward an opposing view.

“My comment is this, paid parking is no longer an issue in this town,” he defiantly stated.

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