Parking charges revenue collected in towns in South Tipperary is being transported by a security firm because of changes imposed by banks dealing with local authorities.
Director of Services for Tipperary County Council Sean Keating confirmed this week that revenue from parking charges in Clonmel,Cashel,Tipperary and Carrick is no longer being banked locally. The money is being transferred by a security firm to Cork every week at the request of the banks prior to ending up in Nenagh where the head of finance of the council is based.
Sean Keating explained that the banks decided they no longer would take the coinage locally and wanted it delivered to a centre in Cork.
Responding to criticism from Deputy McGrath concerning the amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Council’s, Sean Keating said the issue of transporting the parking revenue would have arisen regardless of amalgamation.
“This change was brought in by the banks and would have happened even if South and North were still in existence,” said Sean Keating.
He said that the same security firm were responsible for providing security arrangements for the motor tax revenue collected in Clonmel and Cashel and the contract of the firm was extended to accommodate the transfer of parking revenue from Clonmel and other towns to Cork.
He said this involved an extra cost of €600 a month.
“The extension of the contract to deal with the parking charge revenue is not as a result of the merger,it is because the banks would no longer take the coinage at the local branches,” said Sean Keating.
Dealing the the remarks made by Deputy McGrath that Clonmel had no control over what money returned to the area from Nenagh, Sean Keating said the elected representatives on the Clonmel Borough District(which includes Cahir) had the say of where and how money would be spent.
Sean Keating said that the amount of money being spent under the new Clonmel Borough District was the same amount of money that was previously available to be spent by Clonmel Borough Council, the Clonmel electoral area and Cahir electoral areas as they existed under South Tipperary County Council.