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Calls for Douglas parking extension

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 4:14pm

A number of councillors tried this week to convince City Hall officials to continue to offer two hours of free parking in Douglas.

It comes after last August’s devastating fire in the Douglas Shopping Centre carpark.

Councillors were informed at a Cork City Council meeting that a previous two hour promotion was for the Christmas period after which it changed to one hour. The free parking applies to spaces operated by City Hall, not private carparks.

David Joyce, Head of Operations for Cork City Council, said that to continue to support Douglas, one hour free parking will be in place until the end of May when the situation will be reviewed.

He said: “These arrangements will only apply to city council controlled on street parking spaces. A large quantum of parking spaces are controlled and managed by private operators. Previously these operators have been invited to participate in a joint initiative but the offer was not accepted.”

Fianna Fáil Cllr Terry Shannon said that two hours of free parking was needed to help the traders in Douglas.

Cllr Deirdre Forde said that Douglas has not seen any improvement since the fire adding that it had “disimproved significantly”.

“We need to make this an exceptional case and help the traders in Douglas,” said the Fine Gael councillor.

Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy shared Cllr Shannon and Forde’s sentiments and said that the village was “struggling”.

Cllr Shane O’Callaghan of the Fine Gael party, also wanted the two hours of free parking to be re-instated adding that the fire had a negative impact on the village.

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