The Nano Nagle Community Resource Centre has appealed to Carrick-on-Suir Town Council to introduce a low cost all-day parking charge at the William Street Car Park next to the centre.
A letter from the Nagle Centre requesting the Council to introduce a low cost all day charge at the car park was debated at the Council’s latest monthly meeting.
The letter highlighted that a lot of people attending the Resource Centre were not parking in this car park because of the current cost of parking there.
Supporting the request, Cllr Margaret Croke (FG) said she the all day charge would be most beneficial for those who give up their time to do courses to become better people at looking after their community. The Nagle Centre hosted clinics for some of the town’s most vulnerable people, who certainly wouldn’t be in and out of the Centre within an hour, she said.
Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin pointed out there was a car park in the centre of Tipperary town charged €3 to park there for the day. And there was a privately owned car park in Carrick that charged €2 to park there for the day.
The Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke supported a parking concession voucher just for social welfare recipients attending the Centre for courses.
But Town Clerk Michael O’Brien reminded councillors there was a free car park at the Fair Green close to the Nagle Centre and motorists were able to park free on the town’s main shopping streets for 20 minutes.
Mr O’Brien considered the structure of parking charges at William Street Car Park to be extremely fair. He argued that it was important to have a flow of traffic in and out of this car park and was concerned there wouldn’t be enough spaces for people attending religious services at St Nicholas Church if too many cars were parked there for long periods.
In response to Mr O’Brien, Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan (FF) said the Fair Green Car Park was full to capacity anytime you pass it. She called on the Town Clerk to cost the potential income the Council would get from introducing a €3 day long charge. “Would you make money by having more people using the car park at €3 per day,” she asked. It could be beneficial.”
SF Cllr David Dunne cautioned that a Tipperary county councils’ amalgamation document stipulated that revenue lost from parking must be replaced from somewhere else in a council’s budget. “We have to be very careful how we look at the situation,” he warned.
Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald also cautioned against introducing a daily charge that made it costly for motorists to park at this car park for short periods. Cllr Cooney-Sheehan clarified that she wasn’t suggesting getting rid of the one and two hour charges.
Mr O’Brien agreed to investigate what potential income would be generated from the car park if a €3 daily charge was introduced.