newbridge Town Councillors have agreed to extend the free parking grace period for shoppers over Christmas from ten minutes to half an hour.
Initially, the elected members debated on whether to extend the grace period for the whole month of December. However this was eventually reduced to two weeks.
Town Mayor Murty Aspell asked at last week’s Town Council meeting if the council could offer a ten minute grace period for shoppers at Christmas, when they could park their cars without payment.
“We have to give what ever chance we can to businesses in Newbridge over Christmas,” he said.
Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin agreed, adding a further ten minutes to the free time span.
Cllr Paddy Kennedy said that Naas Town Council is offering free off street parking in December and a half an hour’s grace for motorists in the private car parks.
Cllr Pat Black said two weeks would be sufficent leading up to Christmas.
“An half hour free for the two weeks leading up to Christmas would suffice,” he said.
“Off street parking in Newbridge is located in Eyre Street and they currently have two hours.
“The Main Street and the GAA car park certainly should have a half an hour free for two weeks. Ten minutes is just not enough.”