PARKING ISSUES near and around IT Carlow once again came under the spotlight at the Town Council meeting last Thursday evening.
Town engineer Brian O'Donovan informed the Council that at the request of the residents he was recommending that the Council proceed with public consultation to amend the Traffic and Parking Bye Laws to include Southern Gardens in a new 'Zone E'.
This means the road which is a public one could be used for parking but that if parking there long-term, a motorist would need to pay a charge.
Residents would also have the privilege of parking there for a small charge in exchange for a permit for the year. Mr O'Donovan explained, ' There is a demand for parking in IT Carlow.
' There has been very little public engagement about this so far.
'However, 10 residents have asked us to revisit the situation and I feel opening it to the public will create debate and increase the number of views expressed.' Cllr. Michael Abbey said, 'A nightmare describes the situation well.
' There is the same problem in Green Road. I fully support what Southern Gardens are trying to do as things have become worse.
' The recycling centre and New Street are also being used as a car park but we cant give up on going back to the college.
Mr O'Donovan said there had been engagement with the college regarding a mobility plan and into systems to provide alternative means of transport for example the cycle lanes. The Council agreed in the New Year contact with the college would resume.