Fines necessary when people 'park wrongly'
Carlow councillors have been reacting to a reduction in the local authority's profits from parking charges and the number of fines issued on average every day in Carlow.
Cllr Fintan Phelan highlighted that the Council made a profit "in excess of half a million on parking charges from 2016 to June 2018".
Another councillor said the drop in profits "is not surprising" given the introduction of 30 minutes free on-street parking in Carlow Town, including Tullow St, Dublin St, Castle St, Kennedy Ave and Potato Market.
Cllr Phelan said: "'From 2016 to June 2018 the council made a profit in excess of half a million on parking charges. It is vitally important that this money is re-invested into services in Carlow, particularly in Carlow Town.
"While parking charges aid the turnover of parking spaces it is also important to think outside the box when it comes to parking in our town centre.
"During my term as Mayor of Carlow, I spearheaded the introduction of 30 minutes free on-street parking in Carlow Town, this included Tullow St, Dublin St, Castle St, Kennedy Ave and Potato Market.
"This allows people to pop into their local pharmacy, optician or newsagent to run a few messages without having to worry about routing out change.
"Local businesses, shoppers and the Chamber of Commerce, who were to the fore in this campaign, have all welcomed the introduction of 30 minutes free on-street parking."
Meanwhile Cllr Fergal Browne said the decline in profits "is not surprising" given the 30 minutes of free parking in Carlow Town.
He said: "The whole idea of parking is to have a turnover of cars. The purpose of parking is not a revenue generating exercise."
On the issue of seven fines being issued on average every day in Carlow, he added that some people "park wrongly".