Naas Chamber has put forward a submission to Naas Town Council to change pay parking conditions in the town centre.
Chamber CEO Allan Shine said the move is necessitated by recent retail closure announcements in the town centre, including Marks and Spencer and Red Corner Retail.
Businesses in town are also worried about the effect of the free parking available at the retail parks on the outskirts of Naas and in Monread.
“We want the issue to be put on the agenda at the Council’s next monthly meeting in September,” said Mr Shine.
The Chamber wants to see current councillors vote for changes before the Town Council is abolished next year under government reform proposals.
The Chamber’s main proposal is the introduction of free parking until 11am fromMonday to Saturday.
“It will encourage people to stayin the town after they drop the kids to school, and do some shopping locally or have a coffee. It will give retailers the opportunity to open earlier as well,” said Mr Shine.
The Chamber added that free morning parking could entice visitors to Naas to go into town earlier in the day, reducing the demand for spaces in the afternoon and early evening.
Under the Chamber’s proposals, parking charges would kick in at 11am, but before that drivers would not be required to display a parking ticket.
“The Chamber receives on a weekly basis correspondence in regard to pay parking in Naas,” added Mr Shine. “It is now time that our elected representatives vote through this proposal and help support business in the town.”