Parking fees on seafront ‘a nightmare’
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.