Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

LOUTH County Coun­cil is giv­ing shop­pers in Drogheda a Christ­mas bonus - drop­ping the price of car park­ing to 60c per hour.

The new rates came into ef­fect last Satur­day and will be in op­er­a­tion un­til Jan­uary 7, 2019.

As part of the in­cen­tive to en­cour­age peo­ple to “Shop Lo­cal” over the Christ­mas pe­riod, Pay Park­ing in the ur­ban area of Drogheda will be re­duced to 0.60c per hour from 1st De­cem­ber 2018 to 7th Jan­uary 2019,’ the coun­cil ex­plained in a state­ment.

‘ This re­duc­tion will ap­ply to both on-street park­ing and the car parks man­aged by Louth County Coun­cil and will be clearly dis­played on the pay park­ing machines,’ they added.

The move comes af­ter a dif­fi­cult year in terms of pay park­ing.

There was no pay­ment for up to four months ear­lier in the year af­ter it was found that the by­laws were un­sat­is­fac­tory.

Then, as part of fur­ther pro­pos­als, it was agreed that pay park­ing be re­duced to €1.00 per hour and that res­i­dents only park­ing be brought in on a sec­tion of the Wind­mill Road. A new pric­ing sys­tem was also agreed for ar­eas like Boyle O’Reilly in the hos­pi­tal area.

How­ever, there has been a de­lay in im­ple­ment­ing those changes.

Pay park­ing is to be re­duced to 60c per hour in Drogheda un­til Jan­uary 7.

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