Wednesday 26 June 2019

No more parking for free in town

All-day car parks set to have €1 charge as agreed in the council's 2019 budget

Free parking in Drogheda's all-day car parks on the Donore Road and Mell is to end, with a €1 per day charge to be introduced.

And despite voting to introduce a €1 per hour rate on street parking some months ago, councillors have now voted for a €1.10 charge, down 10c on the present charge.

The decisions were made at a last-ditch Louth County Council budget meeting on Sunday evening in Dundalk. Chief executive Joan Martin had sought to retain the hourly parking at €1.20 as part of her initial recommendations.

Councillors had to find €200,000 to fill the budget gap and did so by making cuts across a number of areas, including the Enterprise Fund, the Business Incentive Schemes, the rates refund for vacant properties, the shop front scheme, town twinning, sports centres, and conferences .

Director of services Frank Pentony warned that they were 'sending out the message that Louth is not open for business'.

He said he would not be able to pay grants for which he had 20 applications from Drogheda, and he noted that they were making the cuts at a time when there was so much talk about town centres dying.

Drogheda Independent