Shoppers and Traders in Tipperary town have been given an early Christmas gift this year by the local town council with the news that there will be sixteen days free parking throughout the town in the run up to Christmas.
Making the proposal to the members at the October meeting of the council Town Clerk Mr. Paul Murray said that despite their own revenues from paid parking in the town being greatly depleted they were still going to go ahead with offering free parking in the town for Christmas.
He said that they were proposing two Saturdays 7th and 14th December for free parking and also from Sunday 15th through to Saturday the 28th of December both days inclusive. While welcoming the proposal Cllr. Denis Leahy called for an overall review of paid parking in the town and commented that the depletion in the councils revenue from parking reflected what was happening in businesses in the town. He said there was a need to look at what other towns were offering to entice people into the centre of their towns such as free parking on Saturday afternoons. He said there was also a need to re-examine the use of the free parking in the Post Office Car Park which he said was full all of the time and suggested they might looking at providing an alternative site for long term car parking.Cllr. Billy Bourke said that people also needed to be made aware that there was 15 minutes grace allowed on paid parking in the town and that the traders also needed to offer value to shoppers if they wanted them to come into the town centre.
Responding Mr. Murray said the town was unique in that there were 170 free parking spaces available in the town under the Councils control plus a number of businesses also offered free parking. However he said that they would consider reviewing the issue after Aldi opens in November.Welcoming the proposal Mayor Cllr. Anna Touhy Halligan said that the traders would very much appreciated.