Park­ing fees on seafront ‘a night­mare’

Bray People - - Council Report -

TRADERS have de­scribed the park­ing sit­u­a­tion on the seafront as ‘ a night­mare’ as a re­sult of bye-laws in­tro­duc­ing a fee to leave their cars in the cen­tre of strand road.

Com­muter traf­fic has moved to both ends of the road, mean­ing the car park ad­ja­cent to the Bray Head Ho­tel is full from early in the morn­ing.

Pres­i­dent of Bray Cham­ber, Mr. Eu­gene Fin­negan has writ­ten to Bray Town Coun­cil high­light­ing this and the detri­men­tal ef­fect it has had to traders at the south end of the beach.

‘ The en­tire cen­tre sec­tion re­mains un­used,’ he said in the let­ter. The Cham­ber has ad­vanced a num­ber of so­lu­tions to the prob­lem, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of paid con­trolled park­ing along the en­tire length of the seafront to avoid such a con­cen­tra­tion of cars in one area.

Mick Glynn, who is a mem­ber of the cham­ber and in­stru­men­tal in pre­par­ing the re­port for sub­mis­sion to Bray Town Coun­cil, said that res­i­dents on Meath Road and Sid­mon­ton Road are also hav­ing trou­ble with com­muters park­ing in droves out­side their homes rather than pay to leave their cars for the day.

One pos­si­ble so­lu­tion to this, sug­gested in the re­port, is that no park­ing be al­lowed other than by res­i­dents be­tween the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a. m.

The let­ter to the Coun­cil, which was read out at last Tues­day’s meet­ing of Bray Town Coun­cil, also sug­gests that paid park­ing in the north and south car parks would gen­er­ate sub­stan­tial in­come for the town.

The Cathaoir­leach, ad­mit­ting that coun­cil­lors had pre­vi­ously an­tic­i­pated that the new park­ing bye-laws would come with ‘ teething prob­lems,’ sug­gested that the mat­ter be added to next month’s agenda for dis­cus­sion.

Eu­gene Fin­negan.

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