Bree op­poses car park plan in Point

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A pro­posal by Coun­cil of­fi­cials to de­velop a car park on part of the vil­lage green at Rosses Point has been de­scribed as un­ac­cept­able and un­prece­dented by Cllr Declan Bree.

The plan to con­struct the 12 space car park ad­ja­cent to the Lit­tle Cot­tage Café in the vil­lage was cir­cu­lated to coun­cil­lors last Thurs­day fol­low­ing a re­quest for in­for­ma­tion on the is­sue by Cllr Bree.

Speak­ing to ‘ The Sligo Cham­pion’ Cllr Bree said:“The Coun­cil points out that vis­i­tors to the café are park­ing on the green area and dig­ging it up.

“How­ever in my view that does not jus­tify the Coun­cil’s pro­posal to spend €10,000 to €12,000 to pro­vide a car park ad­ja­cent to a pri­vate busi­ness. This type of pro­posal is un­ac­cept­able and un­prece­dented.

“To add in­sult to in­jury it has come to light that the Coun­cil failed to levy a €10,000 de­vel­op­ment con­tri­bu­tion from the prop­erty own­ers when plan­ning per­mis­sion was first granted for the Café de­vel­op­ment three years ago.

“The plan­ning laws must be ap­plied fairly and equally to all de­vel­op­ments but in this case for some un­known rea­son the plan­ning au­thor­ity failed to fully im­ple­ment the Coun­cil’s De­vel­op­ment Con­tri­bu­tion Scheme.

“As a re­sult, the Coun­cil lost out on in­come of €10,000. I have al­ready pointed out at Coun­cil meet­ings that I have been con­tacted by res­i­dents of Rosses Point who have made it clear to me that they do not want to see any por­tion of the vil­lage green cov­ered with tar­ma­cadam and turned into a car park.

“They want to see the green open space pre­served and pro- tected.

“They say there is no need for an­other car park as there are a large num­ber of park­ing spa­ces avail­able along the prom which are very sel­dom used.

“I will be seek­ing a full and com­pre­hen­sive re­port on this en­tire mat­ter from the Coun­cils Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer when we hold our Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing next week,” said Cllr Bree

One coun­cil­lor who has voiced his con­cern about the lack of park­ing spa­ces along the nar­row road has been Tom MacSharry.

He told The Cham­pion pre­vi­ously that the cur­rent park­ing sit­u­a­tion could cer­tainly be de­scribed as chaotic at times.

He said driv­ers were park­ing on both sides of the road mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for road users and there were fears for pedes­trian safety.

Cllr Bree points to the area where it is pro­posed to cre­ate 12 car park­ing spa­ces.

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