New park­ing me­tres are needed in town

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

Only 69 of the 82 park­ing me­ters in Sligo town are work­ing, ac­cord­ing to Sligo County Coun­cil.

A mo­tion brought for­ward by Cllr Marie Casserly re­quested that an au­dit be car­ried out on all park­ing me­ters and that re­pairs be made if nec­es­sary.

Head of Fi­nance Marie Whe­lan told coun­cil­lors that 13 me­ters are not func­tional at present, while the ma­jor­ity of park­ing me­ters are with­out the op­tion of pay­ing us­ing a credit card.

Ms Whe­lan stated that the ma­chines were in­stalled ten years ago and are now reach­ing the end of life, with ma­jor op­er­a­tional is­sues now aris­ing with some. She said the only so­lu­tion now would be to in­stall en­tirely new ma­chines as op­posed to re­pair­ing the cur­rent ones, as there has been sig­nif­i­cant pro­gres­sion in terms of new ar­eas of tech­nol­ogy and the pos­si­bil­ity of pay­ing by phone.

Wel­com­ing the re­port, Cllr Casserly said mem­bers of the pub­lic are frus­trated by the dif­fi­cul­ties with park­ing me­ters at present, and said the is­sue of many not tak­ing credit cards is a ma­jor prob­lem.

Cllr Casserly said she looked for­ward to a fur­ther up­date on the sit­u­a­tion in the new year.

Sec­ond­ing the mo­tion, Cllr Sinead Maguire said that coun­cil­lors were in­formed that there was a low tol­er­ance of peo­ple who didn’t pay for park­ing, but now peo­ple are in a sit­u­a­tion where they are un­able to pay for park­ing due to a lack of fully func­tional me­ters.

No fig­ure for a new set of me­ters was avail­able as the au­dit of cur­rent me­ters has been com­pleted, but the is­sue has not gone to ten­der.

An up­date is ex­pected in 2018.

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