There is no immediate prospect of people having to pay to park in Sallins.
Kildare County Council says the “viability of introducing pay parking in Sallins has not changed since 2010”.
Sallins has been blighted by parking problems and traffic congestion although a by-pass is planned for the village which will resolve many of these issues. Local people have complained that commuters using the rail station park all day around the village either because they cannot access the car park or are trying to avoid Irish Rail’s parking charges.
Sallins rail station itself, once described by Fine Gael councillor Fintan Brett as the “worst located” train station in Ireland, has contributed to congestion.
Sallins resident Cllr. James Lawless believes the council should talk to residents and businesses and carry out an analysis of parking management solutions for the village centre so that available spaces would be better managed. He also wants problems caused by all day parking to be alleviated. For now parking has been ruled out because this depends on a presence of wardens and enforcement. Basically, parking regulation needs to be financially viable - meaning it has to be self financing.
KCC points out that the cost of engaging a parking contractor and the cost of installing the pay parking machines would be substantial.