“RADICAL THINKING” OR “AUCTION POLITICS”? INTRODUCTION OF FREE SATURDAY PARKING WOULD ENTAIL €94,000 REVENUE LOSS, MONAGHAN COUNCILLORS TOLD

21 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The introduction of free Saturday parking in Monaghan Town would result in a loss of revenue of €94,000 over the course of a 12-month period, Town Manager Paul Clifford stated on Tuesday evening.

Mr Clifford was commenting at the March meeting of Monaghan Town Council after Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon proposed that the Council’s planning sub-committee meet to consider reducing the pay parking charges in the town or introducing free Saturday parking for a trial period of three-six months.

Colr Conlon expressed concern about how the income from pay parking would be disseminated following the changed local government structures that would take effect in May, when Town Councils would be abolished and the town would become part of a North Monaghan Municipal District with a wider geographical remit.

Colr Conlon urged that the Council members apply “radical thinking” to ensuring that some reciprocal dividend from the pay parking regime be introduced for the town before the local government changes.

However his proposal, made during the Any Other Business section at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s monthly Council meeting, prompted Fine Gael’s David Maxwell to remark, “There must be an election coming up” while Fianna Fáil’s Robbie Gallagher described the proposal as “auction politics” and said that he himself would propose the introduction of free …

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