THE parking problems that have beset the residents of Páirc Mhuire in Newbridge in recent years are set to continue for the immediate future, as no solution has been offered, much less decided upon.
This was in spite of two separate motions being raised on the fraught issue at the last meeting of the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District before the local elections.
Both Cllrs Seán Power and Morgan McCabe ( who are no longer on the council) raised the issue separately, with the latter raising the possibility of a permit system “to facilitate the residents that are under pressure from illegal parking”.
“Don’t know whether to go with permits or double yellow lines, but the residents want to restrict access to all-day parkers,” he said.
Both councillors received a favourable ear from Evylyn Wright, senior executive officer from the Roads Section who offered: “If the residents wish to discuss and propose and agreed plan then discussions can take place with the Pay Parking Section”.
However, this is where the spanner was thrown, when retiring Cllr Paddy Kennedy took the floor and told the meeting that as chairman of the residents’ association of Páirc Mhuire for the last 13 years: “the residents don’t want paid parking, which means no permit systems”.
“I don’t know where it’s all going to end,” he sighed.
We will need concessions from the residents, that’s the stumbling block,” said Ms Wright.
“We need residents to come and meet with the paid parking officer,” she added, offering an executive olive branch.
However, she did have to caution that, because the oldest estate in the town has long been since taken in charge: “people are entitled to park on public roads”.
This wasn’t the only bad news for the estate to come to light from the meeting, as earlier it was revealed that Páirc Mhuire will not be receiving any additional maintenance work this year because: “as discussed at the last LPT [local property tax] meeting, Páirc Mhuire is not listed fro works under LPT funding for 2019,” Ms Wright pointed out.
She also refused a later motion of Cllr McCabe’s, when he sought the installation of a pedestrian crossing on the bend at the Spar shop between Páirc Mhuire and Dara Park.