New Letterkenny parking by-laws coming into effect from today
By Paddy Walsh
With Letterkenny's new parking by-laws set to come into effect today, the local Chamber is encouraging all business owners and their staff to use car-parks and ensure valuable on-street places are free for customers.
"These new by-laws will be done on a trial basis for 2011 but it is up to all of us to work together to make them a success," the Chamber's Chief Executive, Toni Forrester, declared.
The regulations in relation to on-street parking means there will be no charge for any stay shorter than thirty minutes with a ticket not required but only one thirty minute stay per day will be permitted.
A longer stay requires a parking ticket purchased from the machine at a cost of €1 per hour.
The maximum stay is two hours. Signage will be going up on machines alerting people to the new rules.
With regard to Council car-parks, parking tickets are required for the full stay in any pay & display carparks. There is no period of grace in the car parks and the cost is €0.50 per hour. Some have a maximum stay of three hours
"All information on charges and maximum stay limits will be displayed in the car park.
These car parks will be monitored," the Council point out.
Additional personnel to police the new by-laws have also been engaged, recognisable in high visibility uniforms.
The Chamber C.E. said they had lobbied for half hour free parking for some time and were happy to see it introduced. "We hope that the valuable on-street spaces will turn over more often during the day and that people only needing to call in for a quick message would find a space more easily making it more convenient for customers.
"This measure should also encourage people to use the many car parks that are convenient to the Main Street. It is hoped that this can contribute in bringing a renewed vibrancy to the Main Street area," Ms. Forrester maintained.
She called for the cooperation of businesses in Letterkenny, urging them to communicate and discuss the changes with staff and customers.