THE county’s fire services have expressed concern to Kildare County Council over parking in Maynooth town centre’s Leinster Street writes Henry Bauress.
Officials have warned that on-street parking has led to delays in emergency response times in the area.
Parking in Leinster Street has been causing difficulties but it is proposed to ban parking on the street when the Maynooth’s new parking bye-laws are introduced.
In a submission on the parking bye laws at a recent council meeting, Kildare Chief Fire Officer, Celine Barrett said that entry and exit from Leinster Street for the service was becoming increasingly difficult due to on-street parking.
She said there had been “delays waiting for staff to get to the station and also when the fire engine has found it difficult to manoeuvre between parked vehicles whilst trying to exit Leinster Street.
Ms. Barrett said in recent times, Parsons Street has also become an issue with cars parked on both sides of the street reducing the availability of road space down to car width.
“The fire engine will not be able to pass down Parson Street if this persists,” she said.
On both Leinster Street and Parsons Street, the parking problems have increases the response times for emergencies.
The submissions were discussed at a special meeting of the Celbridge area committee on 8 May to discuss the draft Maynooth parking bye laws.
The Maynooth scout unit is based on Leinster Street and is refurbishing the Geraldine Hall. It has asked that eight on-street spaces be removed from in front of the protected building.
Cllr. John McGinley said that more people will use the new private car park there if the bye laws are passed by Kildare County Council and come into force later this year.