Sinn Fein slam the re­moval of North Strand park­ing spots

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

SINN Fein coun­cil­lors have slammed the de­ci­sion to re­move park­ing spa­ces from the North Strand, say­ing it was a ‘knee­jerk re­ac­tion’ by Louth County Coun­cil CEO Joan Martin fol­low­ing their re­cent park­ing mo­tion.

Cllr Joanna Byrne said 32 spa­ces were re­duced to 9 the day af­ter her party’s mo­tion to lower the cost of park­ing there from €3 to €2.50, in line with the Dublin Road.

‘I don’t un­der­stand how it was de­bated here at a meet­ing at 9pm, and the next day by 11am, yel­low lines had been painted where the spa­ces used to be,’ she said an­grily.

‘There was ab­so­lutely no con­sul­ta­tion, and I can’t un­der­stand how spa­ces and rev­enue re­moved when we are told there is not an ad­e­quate bud­get.’

In her ab­sence, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive Wil­lie Walsh said the CEO made the de­ci­sion to ap­prove the amenity of the pub­lic realm.

‘She did it to im­prove traf­fic flow and to widen the street to ben­e­fit the lo­cal res­i­dents,’ said Mr Walsh.

‘Lor­ries were hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties get­ting past the parked cars, and no spa­ces were re­moved for any­one liv­ing along the road.’

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