Residents slam council over new parking zones

SOUTHSIDE residents have slammed their local authority for failing to consult with them on new changes to residential parking permits.
Residents in Dun Laoghaire had been able to buy an annual parking permit for e40, which allowed them to park anywhere in Dún Laoghaire.
However, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council maintains that this is no longer sustainable as there are only 1,800 on-street parking spaces available in the town and 1,650 resident parking permits have been issued.
The Dun Laoghaire Community Association (DLCA) is vehemently opposed to the change and has organised a meeting on the issue in the Kingston Hotel later this month.
The current permit area extends from Sandycove to York Road on the east and west of Dún Laoghaire and from the seafront to the north of Tivoli Road.
Under the new plan for residential parking, the council has decided to divide the town into five zones.
This means that residents buying new permits will only be able to use them to park within the zone that surrounds their home.
A majority of councillors voted to accept the proposals at the monthly council meeting on Monday, November 8.
Ann Joyce of DLCA believes the changes are overly restrictive and said residents were angry as they hadn’t been informed about the proposals.
“The lack of consultation on this is abominable,” she said. “The council should have consulted with people. Our residents’ association gets notification at Halloween about bonfires and things like that, so it is not good enough that they didn’t contact us about this.”
Breasal O Caollai, former secretary of the Dun Laoghaire Business Association, believes the new proposals will have a detrimental affect on businesses in the area.
“While I am a resident, I would be more concerned about the huge damage the new regulations will do to business in Dun Laoghaire,” he said.
“Now residents will no longer be able to drive down the town to do their shopping unless they are prepared to pay the standard e2 per hour excessive parking charge. This is on top of their residential parking permits, which they also have to pay for.”
Cllr Barry Ward (FG) said that while he opposed the plan on the grounds that there had been a lack of public consultation, he believes the new arrangements are reasonable.
“I think this proposal should have gone out to consultation,” he said. “Many of the problems arose from the fact that people were not informed about the proposals.
“That said, I do think the proposals are sensible and measured and if people were properly informed about them they wouldn’t have a difficulty.”
A spokesman for the council said most residents in Dún Laoghaire do not have access to off-street parking.
“Visitors, residents, employees and shoppers are all competing for a limited number of on-street parking spaces,” he said. “Retailers have suggested that there is reduced turnover in parking spaces in the retail areas.
“The new proposal allows residents in Dún Laoghaire who have a parking permit to park on their own road and on 10 or 11 other roads adjacent to them. The new scheme will only apply on renewal of residential permits.”

Thursday, 02 December 2010

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