Sligo County Council will give consideration to providing alternative car parking spaces for elderly and disabled drivers in Sligo town.
A motion from Cllr Declan Bree sought to clarify whether there were any plans for the provision of such spaces once the Stephen Street car park is pedestrianised.
Cllr Bree said he submitted the motion having been contacted by "a pensioner representing a number of elderly drivers, before the Covid-19 lockdown and before the Mobility Plan was introduced."
Cllr Bree argued the 'substantive issue' of car parking for the elderly and disabled once the Stephen Street plaza is complete 'remains to be addressed'.
"Over the years," Cllr Bree continued, "drivers with a disability and elderly people have taken advantage of the car parking spaces in the Stephen Street car park. It not only gave them easy access to the shopping streets north of the river, it also allowed them to cross the footbridge to access the town centre.
"Concern has now been expressed as to what steps the council eventually intends to take to provide alternative parking spaces for the elderly and disabled drivers following the completion of the pedestrianised plaza."
Cllr Gino O'Boyle supported the motion and said that disabled parking spaces were needed.
Director of Services Dorothy Clarke said that in the planning and preparatory process, the loss of parking spaces was identified and it was concluded that the loss of parking spaces would not have a "major impact" as there is significant parking available with 500 metres of the city centre.
However, Ms Clarke said the council would give the matter consideration and keep it under review.