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Carrickmacross and Castleblayney councillors adopt new parking control schemes

Mar 1, 2022 07:09 By News Northern Sound
Carrickmacross and Castleblayney councillors adopt new parking control schemes
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Councillors questioned if there were enough wardens to enforce the new controls.

Carrickmacross and Castleblayney councillors have adopted new parking control schemes for the towns.

It follows a period of public consultation which ended in December and seeks to increase access to the towns and its retail offerings.

However, councillors questioned if there were enough wardens to enforce the new controls.

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There was a four week period of public consultation towards the end of last year which resulted in five submissions from the public.

There was what was described as "broad support" for the proposed changes, especially from businesses based on O'Neill Street and Farney Street in Carrickmacross.

The main issues highlighted included provision for disabled motorists, parking permits for residents, and provision of loading bays on O'Neill Street and Farney Street.

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However, following meetings with business owners on O'Neill and Farney Street, it was agreed that loading bays were not warranted at this time and no amendments have been made to the original proposals put forward for public consultation.

The main changes in Carrickmacross include the introduction of restricted two hour parking on Farney and Cross Street, and maintaining two hour parking on Monaghan and O'Neill Street and in the Courthouse Square.

In Castleblayney, the changes include the delineation of parking bays on York Street, and replacing six spaces reserved for fire services in the Upper Commons carpark with unrestricted parking bays.

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Councillors enquired if the towns were patrolled by parking wardens often enough to enforce the two hour parking periods, with Councillor PJ O'Hanlon questioning the adoption of the parking control schemes as a result of this.

However, the controls were adopted but Councillor O'Hanlon said the MD cannot "leave the parking warden issues lying idle".

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