Free morning parking should be seriously considered

A local councillor is ensuring that a recent parking proposal submitted to the council by the Chamber of Commerce in Clonmel earlier this year, is still kept on the counci’s agenda.

A local councillor is ensuring that a recent parking proposal submitted to the council by the Chamber of Commerce in Clonmel earlier this year, is still kept on the counci’s agenda.

Independent Cllr Richie Molloy tabled a motion at this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council asking the council to give serious consideration to the Chamber’s recent submission to have free car parking in the town for two hours in the morning.

“This will facilitate more people such as parents dropping off their school children to shop in the town centre,” he said. Cllr Molloy wants the council to take the proposal into account in its 2013 budget.

“Between 9am-11am there is not much business during those hours, this would put out a positive message. If people weere encouraged to stay for an hour they might do a bit of shopping or have a cup of coffee,” he said.

Cllr Molloy was told that a car parking strategy is currently being prepared, part of which will set out appropriate charges and parking enforcement and it is intended to hold a workshop with council members shortly, after which a draft strategy will be put out on public display on which for members of the public can make submissions. In prparing this consideration will be given to the Chamber’s submission. A meeting is also expacted to take place between representatives of the Chamber and the Association of Clonmel Traders as part of the public consultation process.