Fes­tive spirit with free park­ing of­fer

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Seán2O’Rior­dan

Cork County Coun­cil is show­ing some Christ­mas spirit by in­tro­duc­ing free car park­ing ar­range­ments in a number of towns where pay­ments nor­mally ap­ply.

But Christ­mas shop­pers have been ad­vised not to take the coun­cil’s gen­eros­ity to heart as traf­fic war­dens will en­force the planned ar­range­ments.

The towns af­fected in­clude Ban­don, Dou­glas, Fer­moy, Kin­sale, Mac­room, Mal­low and Youghal.

The pro­pos­als in­clude lo­cal au­thor­ity-run car parks and on-street park­ing and will ap­ply for the en­tire months of De­cem­ber, end­ing New Year’s Eve.

In Ban­don, there will be re­stricted free park­ing on and off-street in all pay zones in Ban­don.

How­ever, of­fi­cials are putting a three-hour park­ing limit on the town’s Harte’s car park and a two-hour limit on the streets.

In Dou­glas, mean­while, there will be no charge to shop­pers from 10am to noon on week­days and park­ing will be free all day on Satur­days. The nor­mal length of stay, how­ever, will con­tinue to be en­forced.

Fer­moy shop­pers will wel­come news that they will en­joy free park­ing in the car parks next month.

The nor­mal con­di­tions will ap­ply for on-street park­ing, but the charges will be waived.

Peo­ple vis­it­ing Kin­sale will en­joy free on and off-street park­ing in all park­ing ar­eas. But the coun­cil warned there will con­tinue to be a two-hour limit which will be en­forced to en­sure a reg­u­lar turnover of spa­ces.

In both Mac­room and Youghal, mo­torists will en­joy twohour free park­ing but it will be strictly en­forced in the sea­side town.

In Mal­low, there will be free park­ing for three hours at a time in all off-street car parks. Free park­ing will also be al­lowed on-street, but just for one hour.

Free park­ing will also ap­ply be­fore 10am and af­ter 5pm from Mon­days to Satur­days. There will be free park­ing in all ar­eas of the town on Sun­days.

Picture: De­nis Mini­hane

Fer­moy’s Pa­trick St: Fer­moy is one of sev­eral towns where free De­cem­ber park­ing will ap­ply.

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