End elec­tion­eer­ing and get best park­ing re­sult for the town

Mid Louth Independent - - OPINION | YOUR LETTERS -

Dear Sir,

It is sel­dom I drive down town. With an ALDI, LIDL, DEALZ and Mell Stores we are more or less a self con­tained par­ish. When I do drive and park I rarely put in the full amount. I judge how long I will be add a lit­tle ex­tra and pur­chase a ticket. Why buy an hours park­ing and then sit in the ve­hi­cle wait­ing for the time to run out. There was an oc­ca­sion when, lack­ing change, I paid for two hours luck­ily I man­aged to sell the re­main­ing time, at a re­duced fee to an­other mo­torist.

At the mo­ment we are still in a Park Free era and I no­ticed that the Free Car Park in Mell is at least half empty. So ei­ther there is a re­duc­tion in the amount of cars on the road or those who work in the down­town area are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lack of tick­et­ing to park all day thus de­priv­ing shop­pers, who pay their wages, of park­ing where they spend their cash. It is there­fore ob­vi­ous that park­ing charges are vi­tal, not only as Lo­cal Au­thor­ity in­come but to the fi­nan­cial well be­ing of re­tail busi­ness.

Nat­u­rally there was a bit of elec­tion­eer­ing go­ing on by some Coun­cil­lors. Fifty cent an hour is not go­ing to pro­vide funds to main­tain our his­toric mon­u­ments or paint to make Drogheda look its best for the Fleadh. That is what elec­tion­eer­ing is about me,me, me and to hell with the re­al­i­ties.

Mayor Smith made a valid point when he pointed out that un­like Dun­dalk Drogheda has a num­ber of charge free car parks. A re­duced charge could see a park­ing fee in­tro­duced at these fa­cil­i­ties.

If Coun­cil­lors. God­frey and Cal­lan are so con­cerned about park­ing they would be bet­ter off seek­ing a park and ride park on or near the North Road. Most Euro­pean cities pro­vide these parks in or­der to en­cour­age mo­torists to use pub­lic trans­port rather than drive into towns and cities. It is also more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. Then again it is eas­ier to seek cheap elec­tion pub­lic­ity than seek so­lu­tions to real prob­lems.

I worked in Dun­dalk many moons ago. I had cause to use the Marsh’s Car Park. It cost zero cents be­cause my park­ing was val­i­dated by the shop where I made a pur­chase. This also oc­curred in Kil­lar­ney. Per­haps some of our town shop­ping cen­tres could con­sider this no­tion.

Mean­while any­one want to buy a park­ing to­ken, one hour left only fifty cent.

Yours, Gerry Floyd

Ed­die Hous­ton and Ann Collins at the Eir­com and Tele­com An­nual Pen­sion­ers Din­ner at Done­gans Monaster­boice

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