Striving for a vibrant Tullamore

ISSUES such as clamping, parking charges, parking in residential areas, taxi ranks, disabled parking are now all on the table for discussion as part of the review of Tullamore’s parking bye laws.

ISSUES such as clamping, parking charges, parking in residential areas, taxi ranks, disabled parking are now all on the table for discussion as part of the review of Tullamore’s parking bye laws.

And people are being encouraged to take the opportunity to air their views as the council strives to make the town centre a more vibrant place for business people, shoppers and tourists.

The current bye laws have been in place since 2006 and over the last six years, it has meant serious implications for many residents around the town as well as a myriad of other issues.

As part of the review, the consultation process with residence groups, retail representatives, Gardaí, taxi drivers, and other interested stakeholders began this week and will form part of a draft plan, which will go to public display from May 14 for a six week period.

Tullamore Town Council has assigned staff to this process that will liaise with all of the relevant stakeholders in the coming weeks to ensure that a user friendly process is in place as people feed into the review.

The submissions will then go back Tullamore Town Council for consideration with the final agreed plan to be adopted by the councillors in July. If the plan is adopted at this stage, it is expected that the new parking by laws could be enforced from late August.

Tullamore Town councillors met last Thursday to discuss the forthcoming process and are welcoming the review with many encouraging people to examine the by laws and make submissions if they feel changes need to be made.

Cllr Sinead Dooley, Chairperson of Tullamore Town Council, is urging people and the business community to have their say during the public consultation period. “There are a number of issues that need to be reviewed and I believe that when changes are being implemented in a area, which will have an effect on the residents or businesses in that area, it’s vital that there is an open line of communication and that everybody gets the opportunity to voice their concerns or put forward alternative solutions.”

Cllr Brendan Killeavy called on people around Tullamore to participate and get involved in the upcoming review of the by laws while Independent councillor, Sean O’Brien pointed out the aim of the review should to be ensure every effort is made to bring life back into the town centre and assist the growth of the town.

“What we all want is to ensure that we have a vibrant town centre and that residents in housing estates close to the town centre do not have to endure all day parking outside their homes,” he added.

Cllr Tommy McKeigue hoped that people will now make submissions and “air their views” on the subject. “We are going to let it out and wait for the public to respond to the current bye laws,” he said.