Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Carrick-on-Suir Municipal Council to immediately suspend plans to revise the current parking arrangements in the town. Deputy McGrath was speaking as frustration continues to develop among retailers and business owners over proposals to remove or reconfigure a significant number of parking spaces within the town:
“Proposals to change the existing parking plan within the town appear to be very detached from commercial realities.
We must work instead to ensure that Carrick does not remain on the back foot in terms of economic rejuvenation.
In light of that there is an urgent need to clarify the rationale behind this plan given the anger it is causing in the town.
We must also remember that the total income for the county from Parking Fines and Charges was over €11 million for the period 2014-2017.
What’s this highlights is that there is ample leeway to apply for a redistribution of some of that income stream to revitalising Carrick’s town centre instead of allowing for the introduction of parking policies that will have an adverse impact.
I and the people and businesses of Carrick would therefore like to see some kind of impact analysis from the Council in terms of why these changes are being permitted,” concluded Deputy McGrath.