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