Tue, 04/08/2020 - 17:06
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Cllr. Aidan Lombard with a council traffic warden and community garda Community Garda Stephen Cleary holding up toy cars at the launch of the new parking plan for Carrigaline.

The need for higher turnover of parking spaces in Carrigaline to aid local businesses was identified through Cork County Council’s Project ACT (Activating County Towns) meetings with local community and business stakeholders, and elected representatives. In response to this, Cork County Council in partnership with the Carrigaline Business Association has implemented a new parking plan in Carrigaline. Speaking at the launch of the parking plan over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Chair of the Carrigaline Municipal District Cllr. Aidan Lombard welcomed the initiative and appealed to people to respect the new system to aid local businesses and improve accessibility in Carrigaline.

“This plan is being trialled by Cork County Council to help improve parking availability in Carrigaline. I hope that people comply with the new systems and that businesses on the Main Street benefit from the higher turnover of parking on Main Street that is needed.”

A Cork County Council traffic warden will be on duty in the town to help advise people of the new system and to tackle illegal parking and obstructions.

Part of the Council’s Project ACT, the new parking plan is being trialled on Carrigaline Main Street, Lower Kilmoney Road and the Owenabue Car Park to promote greater space turnover, better access for customers and improved footfall for businesses. Parking remains free of charge but with a simple parking guidance system in place. This means that a maximum stay of 1 hour applies on Main Street and the Lower Kilmoney Road in the Green Zone areas, while those intending on staying longer than 1 hour should park in either the Blue Zone (max 2 hours) or the Red Zone (2-3 hours plus).

To support this initiative Cork County Council has invested in the provision of additional ‘overflow’ parking provision at the rear of the Owenabue Car Park. Signage is also in place around the town and local businesses have been provided with posters and leaflets to raise awareness of the initiative amongst their staff and customers. Carrigaline Business Association Secretary Adrian O’ Herlihy thanked Cork County Council for its support and echoed Cllr. Aidan Lombard’s calls for people to respect the new plan.

“Better space turnover in the town helps businesses to benefit from passing trade and encourages greater footfall and accessibility for all.”