Cllr Joanna Byrne: Dismay at Drogheda Losing Yet Another Car Park

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has today condemned the Local Authority for their plans to remove yet another public carpark in Drogheda.

A recent announcement was made by Louth County Council that they intend to take possession back of the previous O’Reilly’s unit on Narrow West to facilitate the relocation of council staff from Fair St for the duration of the redevelopment of the Council Office’s.

Following this Cllr Byrne sought clarification from the Local Authority as to what this meant for the 40+ public car-parking spaces at the rear of this building, only to be told that this will be used for staff parking.

Cllr Byrne has expressed her utter dismay at this decision.

She says “The decision to close another carpark in the centre of the town in the coming months has been made with no regard to the people of this town who use it, and no regard for the implications of the same to the trade in the town. This carpark is

40+ Car Park spaces are to be taken over by the local authority for staff parking

specifically central to Doctor’s, Dentist’s and Pharmacies, and is also the closest carpark to West St, the main thoroughfare of the town. Parking is already a nightmare in Drogheda at the best of times, never mind the chaos that is currently ensuing over the parking bye-laws debacle, and now this. It is simply unacceptable, especially considering the O’Reilly’s building was originally bought for the purpose of parking, which of course never transpired.”

Cllr Byrne has already expressed her dissatisfaction about this decision to The Director of Corporate Services for Louth County Council and will be raising this further at the next sitting of The Municipal District of Drogheda.