Traders oppose barrier system

Plans by Clonmel Borough Council to install controlled barriers to the entrance and exit of Mary Street car park in the town centre, have received opposition by a group of business people in the area.

Plans by Clonmel Borough Council to install controlled barriers to the entrance and exit of Mary Street car park in the town centre, have received opposition by a group of business people in the area.

Calling themselves the Mary Street Traders, they believe a barrier system will deter people from parking there, and will impact negatively on their businesses.

The proposal to introduce controlled barriers is one of a number of measures contained in the Clonmel Town Parking Strategy 2013-2020, passed by Council members in July 2013, to guide the management and provision of parking in Clonmel over the next eight years.

The strategy was more than 12 months’ in the making, in consultation with the Clonmel Chamber and the Association of Clonmel Traders. Several workshops were facilitated by the council for these stakeholders, and also for council members.

The proposed barriers, which the council hope will be operational by February or March 2014, will enable drivers to pay on exit, eliminating the existing pay and display system.