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A parking management company is influencing Kildare County Council to put down double yellow lines in residential areas of Naas.
That’s the claim of independent councillor Seamie Moore.
He told a Naas Municipal District meeting that Apcoa had encouraged KCC to impose the lines at Lakelands and Millbrook, near the 1,000- student Naas CBS.
Cllr Moore said that Apcoa should not be allowed to do this.
“Why send Apcoa people into these areas now? This wasn’t a problem for Kildare County Council up to now,” Cllr Moore said.
He was supported by Cllr Darren Scully.
“We run the show, not Apcoa. We can tell them to issue tickets or fines in one place and not another.
“We tell them what to do,” said Cllr. Scully.
Referring to the possibility of allowing parking spaces for cars which are generally used by buses (such as at Fairgreen, outside Super Valu), Cllr Scully said this could be done by KCC simply telling Apcoa not to issue tickets for cars that are parled there.
A year ago, the councillors complained that Apoca was not observing the 15 minute grace period which applies after motorists park initially and after a ticket expires.
The company manages park parking throughout Co Kildare on behalf of the county council, as well as enforcing pay parking, parking restrictions on public roads and off-street car parks owned or leased by KCC.
Apcoa’s service includes “all related parking management, correspondence management, call management, first appeals service, court enforcement and compliance monitoring.”
Apcoa did not respond to a request from the Leinster Leader for a comment.