PAY PARKING REDUCED FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas shoppers will have even more reason to ‘ Shop Local’ this year, with pay parking in the town centre reduced to just 50cents per hour.
With many shops and retailers relying on the annual business boom over the Christmas period, reduced costs for parking are certainly an added incentive at this time of year.
The annual initiative is led by Louth County Council.
A spokesman explained: As part of the incentive to encourage people to ’ Shop Local’ over the Christmas period, pay parking in the urban area of Dundalk will be reduced to 0.50c per hour from 1st December 2018 to 7th January 2019.’
He explained that 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.
All day parkers should be aware that charges at the Long Term Car Parks at Linenhall Street, Long Walk and Ramparts road will remain unchanged.
Welcoming the move, Martin McElligott, Manager at Dundalk BIDS said the aim was to make shopping and eating out in the town centre more attractive
‘Christmas is the most important time of the year for retailers, many of whom will do around a third of their business at this time of year, so incentives like this are welcome to encourage people into the town centre.’
But he warned businesses against the use of the reduced pay parking initiative for long term parking by staff on the town’s streets.
‘ The reality is we want more parking spaces freed up for people who are coming in to do shopping etc in the town centre, so it is important they aren’t taken up all day,’ said the BIDS Manager.
Pay parking has been reduced to 50cent an hour until January 7th.