As in previous years, Leitrim County Council will be waiving parking fees in Carrick-on-Shannon from Saturday, December 1 until Sunday, January 6. Unlike previous years however, the free parking will be for a maximum of two hours and Council staff will be enforcing this over December.
Welcoming the news, Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber of Commerce said that the initiative was a great way to facilitate shoppers over the busy Christmas period and to encourage people to shop locally.
“The Chamber is actively supporting the town centre by organising the Festive Lights and supporting the Town Centre Christmas Promotion Committee. We are sponsoring a promotional brochure, which will be distributed to 12,500 homes in Leitrim, outlining a range of events, including a novel Ice Rink,” noted a statement from the Chamber.
Chamber president, Gerry Faughnan, said that he hoped that everyone will cooperate with the scheme: “This is all about businesses surviving, supporting local jobs and promoting Shop Local. We are doing our best in the Chamber to support businesses and jobs in very difficult times and the Chamber has spent a lot of money doing so. We want to support Shop Local principles and appreciate the council granting the parking concession,” he said.
“We will be fully supporting the council should enforcement issues arise as jobs and businesses matter more than the “it’s all about me” minority,” he concluded.
Normal enforcement for infringements such as parking on yellow lines, loading bays etc will apply at all times.