24-hour parking charges scrapped at Ferrybank following complaints
WEXFORD County Council has re-thought its 24-hour paid parking at Ferrybank following complaints by members of the business community and local councillors.
Cllr George Lawlor said the parking fees would no longer be in force from 8 p.m. on weeknights and all day on Sunday. Parking charges come back into force each day at 7 a.m., except Sundays when free parking is available.
In January, Wexford County Council brought in the 24-hour parking system to the public car park, meaning that users were required to pay €2 an hour after 6.30 p.m., on Sundays and on bank holidays.
According to Manager of the Riverbank House Hotel Colm Campbell, who approached Cllr Lawlor about his concerns, the change had a 'detrimental effect' on business.
'It's hard to measure, but I'm using the daily bar food sales as a guide and that's where I am seeing a reduction. I fully appreciate that a system needs to be there but it's just not a level playing field.'
According to Colm, the new system created other problems in the area.
'It's causing congestion and promoting illegal and bad parking,' he said.
The area is also home to Wexford Bridge Centre, whose members were also affected by the system.
Cllr Lawlor said that the officials had moved quickly to solve the problem once the issue was pointed out to them by him, other members, and the business community at Ferrybank.
Officials said that when the car park is full the barrier will not lift, even during free parking periods,