Tullamore parking ‘major overhaul’

TULLAMORE’s parking by-laws will get a major overhaul as Tullamore Town Council is to undertake an extensive review in the coming weeks.

TULLAMORE’s parking by-laws will get a major overhaul as Tullamore Town Council is to undertake an extensive review in the coming weeks.

People can expect to read an advertisement in the local press notifying the public of the forthcoming review and it is hoped that draft by-laws will be published by May 15 next.

This will be followed by a month long consultation period as well as a further three weeks to allow people to make submissions on the matter.

Cllr Sinead Dooley, an Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council, explained that the by-laws will be reviewed and stressed there will be public consultation with every stakeholder as part of this process.

Mr Martin Daly, the Town Clerk, told the April council meeting that the current parking bye laws were completed in 2006.

Noting the various concerns raised during this time by the councillors, the new Town Clerk said that they will be dealt with in the context of the forthcoming review.

The Tullamore Transportation Plan has been completed by the consultants and this will also be considered during the review period of the parking bye laws.

Mr Daly was quick to reitirate that there will be extensive public consultation on the issue.

Mr Daly told the councillors that it was intended to have a full report for the councillors at its July meeting with a view to have the new parking by-laws in plce by August.

The town councillors will now meet in committee to discuss the matter on April 19 next.

Later in the meeting, Cllr Tony McCormack put forward a motion calling on the Council to look at making changes to the by-laws as the people from Marian Place, O’Molloy Street, Clontarf Road, Convent View and other such areas needed immediate attention to solve their traffic problems and they have waited too long and as part of this review to also look at putting a by-law that prevents private companies from clamping cars in the Tullamore town area.

Cllr McCormack hoped that something would be done to address these issues particularly the clamping of cars by private companies. “It is sending out the wrong message to people coming into town,” he added.

Cllr Brendan Killeavy supported the motion and pointed out that he had raised the issue of parking in Clontarf Road some months ago with the Council officials. Mr Daly assured the councillors that all of these concerns will be dealt with during the forthcoming review.