Car park op­er­a­tor re­sponds to crit­i­cism

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE OP­ER­A­TOR of a car park in Glendalough has as­sured vis­i­tors from all over the county that the fa­cil­ity is op­er­ated and manned ef­fi­ciently and safely.

Bray woman Tara O’Grady said last week that she trav­els to the beauty spot al­most daily for a walk with her epilep­tic son, and she called the traf­fic there ‘chaotic,’ claim­ing that the car park is not manned.

‘The car park is staffed on a full-time ba­sis ev­ery Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day,’ said Dar­ren McGee of Kil­ladreenan who has been in charge of the park­ing spa­ces for the last num­ber of months.

He con­ceded that on a busy day, par­tic­u­larly at week­ends, there can be a de­lay in get­ting to the car park. ‘ Ev­ery­body comes at once,’ he said. ‘For the safety of ev­ery­body we need to keep a dis­ci­plined flow of cars to avoid any in­ci­dents.’

He said that a cer­tain amount of spa­ces are al­ways kept empty. ‘We have safety in mind and emer­gency ser­vices might need ac­cess. We al­ways have space in the car park to ma­noeu­vre queues for ac­cess. At times this will an­noy vis­i­tors to the car park as they feel we have space avail­able and are not al­low­ing them in, but safety comes first.’

Ms. O’Grady also said that it had taken her an hour and a half to get from Gledalough to Laragh.

‘We are only re­spon­si­ble for the spa­ces in­side the car park,’ said Dar­ren. ‘Not the fact that vis­i­tors choose to park on dou­ble yel­low lines on the pub­lic roads,’ he said.

Mr. McGee added that his com­pany has not heard any com­plaints re­gard­ing the fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing the €4 price. He said that the park is free from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. so that lo­cal peo­ple can en­joy Glendalough and park there at no charge at off-peak times. Tourist buses are also free.

The car park at Glendalough.

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