The Council is to review the situation surrounding paid parking in the County Town following a motion by Cllr Finola Armstrong-McGuire at Monday’s Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Armstrong-McGuire noted that the two hour free parking initiative put in place over the Christmas period had proven very successful.
“I request that the same allowance continue for a period: February, March, April, and May. Business owners would appreciate the scheme being run on a pilot basis. Other towns around have free parking or alternative arrangements but we feel 2 free hours are easiest understood and managed,” she said.
The Director of Service, Planning, Community and Economic Development said that it “is not possible to consider the extension of such a measure beyond the traditional Christmas period” but agreed to review the situation.
Cllr Armstrong-McGuire said she felt strongly that asking people who were coming into the town for short periods to browse, to pay for parking, was having a negative impact on businesses.
She noted that Longford allowed motorists the chance to park free for the first half hour and offered a further grace period.