Parking boost in Letterkenny

Paddy Walsh

Reporter:

Paddy Walsh

Parking problems in the vicinity of the Sentry Hill area of Letterkenny are set to ease with the opening of a new car park on the site of the former mart and the introduction of new regulations in relation to the Cathedral car park.

Parking problems in the vicinity of the Sentry Hill area of Letterkenny are set to ease with the opening of a new car park on the site of the former mart and the introduction of new regulations in relation to the Cathedral car park.

Church goers, including those attending funerals and weddings, will now be able to avail of the latter facility for up to three hours free parking. After that period of time has elapsed, traffic wardens will then issue tickets to individual motorists who extend their parking time over the three hours. The mart site, located directly opposite Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, has been converted into a car park and was due to open yesterday. Charges will be 50c for an hour or one euro for the day.

“One of the biggest criticisms when the Cathedral area was redeveloped was that we lost parking places there as a result. But these difficulties are now being overcome and there’ll be access to the car park there for a three hour period which will be beneficial to people attending any big funerals or weddings or simply going shopping,” local Town Councillor, Dessie Larkin declared.

“The new car park at the old mart site will also help to ease problems in the area. People will be able to park there for 50 cents an hour and for those who work all day in the area it will only cost a euro or a fiver for a week. “I don’t think anybody could quibble with that,” cllr. Larkin maintained.

The new arrangements have been introduced following consultation with the churches and schools in the area.