Ardee Traders Association are still to react to pay-parking offer

Gene Yore

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Gene Yore

The pay-parking offer has been put to the traders and Ardee Area Manager Joe McGuinness says that are still awaiting a response

The pay-parking offer has been put to the traders and Ardee Area Manager Joe McGuinness says that are still awaiting a response

Cllr McCoy was speaking at a meeting of Ardee Town Council. Some councillors were not happy that the council had not been fully briefed or fully represented at the talks, but Mr McGuinness assured the council that no decision would be reached without the matter coming back to the town council.

Mr McGuinness said proposals had been put to the traders body and he was awaiting a response.

At a meeting of Ardee county council area committee, Cllr Pearse McGeough and Cllr Michael Farrelly said they were disappointed the town councillors were not in on the talks.

It is understood the council has offered one hour free parking per day with a half-day free parking on Saturdays for a six month trial period.

It is hoped that this compromise will be acceptable to the Ardee traders who have been concerned about the dramatic loss in revenue to Ardee business since the recession began.

The traders had originally asked for two hours free parking daily for people coming to shop in the town.

They said they have a hundred members all of whom are suffering badly because people do not want to come into Ardee and pay for parking.

The council has said that the money raised from the pay-parking will now be spent directly on the town. But revenue has dropped.