‘The feedback we are getting is that it is working very well’
The newly renamed Dr. Denis McLaughlin Road in Buncrana becomes the latest thoroughfare in the town to come under the pay and display parking regime.
The road, leading from the main street toward the busy Ardaravan Square, was taken over by the county council at the end of May with paid-for-parking being introduced this week.
Just as elsewhere in Buncrana, motorists may park for free for the first thirty minutes but after that period has elapsed they must buy a ticket with a minimum value of 50 cent.
Buncrana town engineer Donal Walker said the council is satisfied that the plan is working well.
“The feedback we are getting from members of the public so far has been really positive. This has had the effect of freeing up a large number of regular parking spaces on a very busy road and people are pleased about that,” he said.
“Motorists will still be able to park for half and hour and do whatever they need to before driving on. The pay and display has done away with the all-day parkers along there, who are no good for anyone anyway,” Mr. Walker added.
He said it was inevitable that the relatively new road would become pay and display when the council took it over some six weeks ago.
“That street is as vibrant as any in Buncrana and we were keen to make sure that there was parity of esteem regarding all our traders. All streets in the centre of the town are now pay and display.”
The council engineer said that the off-street car park opposite Lidl’s car park has also been taken over however it has not yet been converted to paid-for-parking.
He said that Inishowen’s nine county councillors will ultimately make that call.
“Pay and display hasn’t been introduced there as of yet. It had been proposed in the latest parking byelaws but those byelaws must now go before the new municipal district for a decision,” Mr. Walker added.