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Councillors agree changes to parking bye-laws for Westport town

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PINK ZONE A pink-zone parking sign at The Fairgreen, Westport. Pic: Ciara Moynihan

One-hour parking to be introduced at The Quay, and more changes afoot for Westport town

Anton McNulty

ONE-hour on-street parking will be introduced in the Quay area of Westport, while parking meters will also be installed in the town.
Councillors in the Westport-Bemullet Municipal District agreed this morning (Friday) to the motion to amend car parking in Westport which will also see a reduction in the cost of the annual parking permit.
The controversial on-street car parking charges were introduced in April 2019 with the town divided into pink and blue zones and different rates applying for the two zones. Parking in the pink zone, which includes the town centre, was free for the first hour of parking, with a cost of €1 for the second hour and parking restricted to two hours. Parking in the blue zone costs 60 cent per hour with a daily rate of €3.
Under the revised fees, part of the Quay area of Westport will now be designated a pink zone and charges in the pink zone will now be free for the first hour and €1 per hour thereafter. The current parking discs, bought in shops in Westport, are also to be scrapped as they were deemed not to be practicable and replaced by parking meters. The meters are expected to be installed later in the year.
Parking permits in the blue zone will also be reduced from €200 per year or €20 per month to €150 per year or €15 per month but the hourly and daily rate for parking in the blue zone will remain as it was.
On-street charges will also not apply prior to 9.30am.
The new changes to the bye-laws are expected to come into place within the next two weeks.
Changes to the parking fees were welcomed by the councillors at a special meeting of the Westport-Bemullet Municipal District, held in Áras an Chontae this morning in order to formally adopt the revised fees and changes to the bye-law.
Westport councillor Peter Flynn thanked the council executive for taking on board the comments of residents and business people that ‘tweaks’ had to be made to parking.
“We are going to have equality in the Quay with one-hour free parking along the business front of the Quay, which is good news for them. We are recognising that it is a tough time for employees and decreasing the permit to €150 per year, which is a step forward,” he said.
The introduction of the on-street charges was a contentious issue in the last local elections in 2019, and Independent councillor Christy Hyland said he backed their introduction on the provision that GMA funding would not be cut in Westport. He warned the executive that he will propose a suspension of on-street parking if there is any attempt to cut the GMA budget in 2021.
Director of Services Catherine McConnell said there was no proposal to cut the GMA budget in 2020 and the 2021 budget was a matter for the councillors.