Newbridge Traders will be at a disadvantage this Christmas as there are no plans to introduce free parking measures on a Saturday in line with Naas, Kildare Town and Athy according to one town councillor.
Cllr Damian Molyneaux aired his views at this month’s town council meeting which was held last Tuesday night.
“Traders are at a fierce disadvantage because of the free Saturday parking elsewhere,” he said. “Especially coming up to Christmas.”
Cllr Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan said the council went to public consultation on pay parking and the issue of free Saturday parking ‘never came up’.
“The horse has definitely bolted on this,” he said.
Cllr Murty Aspell said there area a lot of traders disgruntled over the price hike in the Council’s all day car park at the GAA which went up to €6 for the day as part of the new pay parking bye-laws for Newbridge.
“Is there nothing we can do at the GAA car park over the Christmas period?.” he said. “We are at a fierce disadvantage,”
Cllr Paddy Kennedy said free Saturday parking ‘won’t work in Newbridge’ adding that he was disappointed that the all day parking in the GAA has almost doubled.
“That slipped by and I hold my hands up,” he said. “I am very disappointed. We are trying to bring people back into the town.”
Cllr Molyneaux asked if the council could introduce free parking on a Monday, and was told that the new bye-laws have been adopted now.
“We have had our meetings and consultations,” said Cllr Nolan,
“This issue should not even be on the agenda. There is nothing more we can do on it.”
Cllr Molyneaux added that “not many people park up in the GAA car park nowadays”.