Res­i­dents fum­ing over Eire Street’s new paid park­ing

VIS­I­TORS WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR PARK­ING WHILE CALLING TO RES­I­DENTS

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

Res­i­dents in Eire Street and Clu­ainin are livid over Gorey Mu­nic­i­pal District de­ci­sion to in­stall park­ing me­ters on the streets.

The first of many me­ters was in­stalled last week on Eire Street, with many more to come for Clu­ainin and pos­si­bly Cois­linne over the next few weeks.

Michael Mur­phy, who lives on Eire Street, ex­plained if they have a visi­tor they will have to pay for park­ing – €1 per hour and max­i­mum stay only three hours.

‘There are a lot of el­derly res­i­dents here who have chil­dren that call in to see them,’ said Michael. ‘Not only that, this year we were also no­ti­fied that we can only pos­sess one per­mit per house­hold and visi­tor park­ing per­mits will no longer be is­sued. We have three cars at my house­hold, so I am lucky be­cause I pur­posely built a drive­way for my house be­cause spa­ces were tight on the street.’

Amanda Byrne, district man­ager, ex­plained as part of the tran­si­tion from Town Coun­cil to Mu­nic­i­pal District the Gorey Town Pay Park­ing By-Laws were re­viewed and a new set of by­laws pre­pared and sub­se­quently adopted by the mem­bers of the Mu­nic­i­pal District in July 2018.

‘The pur­pose of pay park­ing by-laws is to ef­fec­tively reg­u­late park­ing in built up, ur­ban ar­eas, en­sur­ing that park­ing spa­ces are prop­erly used and that there is ad­e­quate turnover of spa­ces,’ said Ms Byrne.

Cllr Fion­ntan Ó Suil­leab­hain strongly dis­agrees with the Coun­cils de­ci­sion and said the by-laws can­not be re­viewed un­til six months af­ter adop­tion so this needs to change in the new year.

‘I did a sur­vey which I pre­sented to the Septem­ber meet­ing,’ said Cllr O Suil­leab­hain. ‘Nearly ev­ery­one from Eire Street and Clu­ainin are up in arms about it.’

Many res­i­dents told Cllr O Suil­leab­hain that the park­ing me­ters will only draw fur­ther at- ten­tion to the street and en­cour­age those from out­side the town to block up their res­i­den­tial spa­ces. Res­i­dents also stated that hav­ing a per­mit or two will not guar­an­tee that some­one from out­side the area will take up the space out­side the houses where chil­dren cur­rently play.

Michael Fitz­patrick of Clu­ainin told Cllr O Suil­leab­hain that as nearly all houses on his street have wide drive­ways, he couldn’t see the logic of in­stalling me­ters on the few spa­ces left. He also said that he has 32 grand­chil­dren and that peo­ple are reg­u­larly calling to his house.

Ms Byrne stated as Gorey town has ex­panded and be­come ever busier there is an in­creas­ing vol­ume of traf­fic and some of this traf­fic has im­pacted on pre­dom­i­nantly res­i­den­tial ar­eas where rather than use a pay park­ing space.

‘There is a grow­ing trend of car own­ers park­ing in res­i­den­tial ar­eas of­ten tak­ing up a space for long pe­ri­ods whilst they shop or even work in town,’ added Ms Byrne.

This has led to re­peated com­plaints from res­i­dents and their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives as res­i­dents can­not park suf­fi­ciently close to their own house or on some oc­ca­sions on their own road. To ad­dress this is­sue the coun­cil has ex­tended the pay-park­ing area so as to have more ef­fec­tive reg­u­la­tion. Home own­ers in the new pay-park­ing ar­eas are en­ti­tled to res­i­dents per­mits and will con­tinue to avail of free park­ing.

A fur­ther change is the re­place­ment of visi­tor per­mits with carer’s per­mits. The pro­vi­sion of visi­tor per­mits was unique to Gorey in Wex­ford and over time the net ef­fect was with sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of visi­tor per­mits be­ing is­sued the amount of park­ing for res­i­dents was sub­stan­tially re­duced. In or­der to pri­ori­tise park­ing for res­i­dents a visi­tor per­mit will no longer be is­sued. In­stead a carer’s per­mit will be granted where there is ev­i­dence of a med­i­cal care need. This will en­sure that res­i­dents with health is­sues in par­tic­u­lar can have their carer’s park when­ever they wish.

The net ef­fect of the changes will be to en­sure that the bona fide res­i­dents will have ac­cess to the max­i­mum avail­able num­ber of car park­ing spa­ces and the needs of the el­derly and those with med­i­cal con­di­tions will be ac­com­mo­dated.

Ms Byrne added they re­alise that res­i­dents may be con­cerned and ask that they con­tact the Civic Of­fices at 053-9483800 or email [email protected] wex­ford­coco.ie

Lo­cal res­i­dent Michael Mur­phy at one of the new park­ing me­ters at Eire Street in Gorey.

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