Council to double wardens

Council to double wardens

Council to double wardens

Letterkenny Town Council is set to double the number of traffic wardens operating in the town as it introduces new by-laws to manage parking.

The new by-laws, which came before the town council for ratification at last night's meeting, will mean there will be four traffic wardens operating in the new year.

The new regulations will see the introduction of a half-hour free period of parking on the refurbished Main Street.

Mayor of Letterkenny Tadhg Culbert said the new by-laws and the large area of the town that the traffic wardens have to cover means the extra traffic wardens are needed. Parking issues in other areas of the town away from the town centre have created the need for more wardens.

The extra revenue brought into through enforcement will help to cover the extra costs to the council, he said.

"The amount of complaints we receive about parking in different areas of the town, like Ashlawn and the Ballyraine Road, means we need more traffic wardens," he said. "The town is just too big and it is no longer just the Main Street where parking has to be enforced. With the new free-parking it is going to take a fair bit of watching and monitoring. But we would hope to get the cost back through enforcement. There are changes too in the length of time you can use some of the car parks so there will be greater enforcement."

If approved, the new by-laws could be in place by the middle of January, 30 days after they are ratified by the council. The free-half hour parking on the Main Street could come into force almost as soon as the new regulations are passed.