Motorists using parking spaces along the shop front of the Desmesne have this week been hit with new clamping restrictions.
Yet the clamping has been brought in privately, in a bid to stop the apparent practice of people leaving cars in the space all day.
There is now a two hour limit to the free parking along the shop side of the street, and people who have parked there have been issued with warning notices, while some have been clamped..
The fee that to get the clamp removed is €120, some three the times the cost of parking ticket that you would get elsewhere in Dundalk.
One disgruntled parker said that he had been given a warning note, having just popped to the shops. “I went to the chemist and to the post office and was back in about 10 minutes, and there was a note on the car.”
The motorist has also stopped getting using one of the businesses as a .
Another local business man said he was enraged after a member of staff was hit with a €120 release fee.
The owner of Gold Star Jewellers said it was because people were parking there all day and ‘abandoning’ their cars, but he would not comment about who brought in the clamping.