Residents unhappy with parking charges in Upper Irishtown and Davis Road in Clonmel

Eamonn Wynne

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Residents unhappy with parking charges in Upper Irishtown and Davis Road in Clonmel

Concern has been expressed over the extension of on-street paid parking areas in Clonmel.

The introduction of parking charges in Upper Irishtown and Davis Road in Clonmel had to be given an opportunity to settle in, District Administrator Anthony Coleman stated at a meeting of Clonmel Borough District.

He said that on-street paid parking had been extended to these areas following approaches by the retailers.

It was very difficult for people when changes were introduced but he said they should let it run for a while.

Mr. Coleman gave a commitment that the parking by-laws could be amended and altered if they were found to be causing "absolute mayhem" when reviewed in six months time. 

He made his remarks following requests by members that households that owned more than one vehicle, and which didn't have access to private parking, should be supplied with the relevant residential parking permits for all vehicles registered in the household.

Cllr. Richie Molloy said that residents had made this case to him when parking charges were extended to Upper Irishtown and Davis Road. Carers calling to houses from the HSE and other organisations should also be facilitated.

He also hoped that commonsense would prevail when funerals were taking place at St. Mary's and Ss Peter and Paul's churches.

A report from the council stated that only one parking permit was supplied to a building that was a single housing unit. A resident's parking permit may also include a number of vehicles for the zone to which the permit related.

Cllr. Martin Lonergan said he wasn't happy with that response because a lot of those houses had no other place to park their cars and it was causing problems. People were getting parking tickets in areas where they had never got them before. 

They needed to facilitate people with two or three cars. It was unsuitable for people to have to park in Suir Island and then walk back up to Irishtown. These people were paying car tax from which the council benefitted.

Cllr. Pat English said he had been contacted by a number of people in Irishtown who now found themselves dodging the traffic warden.

Cllr. Michael Murphy said commonsense was needed where a household had a second car. It was an unfair consequence of the by-laws and they should be changed if necessary.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said she knew someone living in England who came home every second or third weekend but the house was rented and they couldn't get a parking permit.

Mr. Coleman said that the current by-laws only made provision for one parking permit per household, and only one car could use the permit at any one time.

There were limited spaces outside of houses and if multiple permits were issued people could be parking outside of other houses.

Residents who had carers calling were granted permits that could be passed onto the carers.