20 Aug 2022

Parking in Bennekerry described as 'chronic' as additional spaces move a step closer

Additional car parking at Bennekerry school and church moves a step closer

Carlow Carlow Carlow

The problem area in Bennekerry (Source: Google Maps)

Carlow County Council is to compare the "leasing and purchasing costs" for additional car parking at Bennekerry school and church. 

Cllr Fergal Browne has raised the issue on a number of occasions regarding traffic congestion and parking space availability in the vicinity of the school and church.

At this month's meeting of Carlow County Council, he described parking in the area as "chronic".

The Council have agreed on a plot with a landowner to potentially develop into a car park and they have the option of buying the plot and the local authority are getting a valuation on the land. 

They are also hoping to compare leasing costs versus the purchase costs. 

A report will be provided to members at the next meeting. 

Members at the June meeting of Carlow Municipal District heard that discussions commenced in 2017 with a local landowner regarding the availability of lands for a potential development of a car park. 

The site approximately 1,100m sq. is being assessed regarding the number of car parking spaces achievable, sight lines for access/egress, pedestrian access, security, restrictions to development and rental cost. 

At that time the likely costs were in the region of €20,000 excluding land rental/purchase costs.

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