The issue of all-day parking at the Fair Green in Ardee was again raised at the latest meeting at the Ardee Municipal District meeting on Thursday evening – but no solutions were forthcoming about the ongoing problem.
The issue was raised by cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue who said that with mid-term fast approaching, parents were again dreading the prospect of not finding a parking space on trips to the playground.
“Parents have got onto me with schools coming up to mid-term break – they can’t get up to the park. Nobody can get to it,” she said at the meeting. “With the footpath there, the spaces at the front provide safe access to the park. It’s not fair on kids or on parents.”
At the meeting, council officials told Minogue that the issue would again be raised with the Operations department at Louth County Council but there were bylaws in place and it was the job of the Gardai in Ardee to patrol it.
The problem stems from many commuters who get buses to Dublin from the north end of the town in the mornings and leave their cars there until they return in the evening, after 6pm. There is a two-hour limit on parking on the town’s main streets, with the restriction raised to three hours on side streets.
Our picture above captures parking spaces at the Fair Green in Ardee at a rare day time quiet time. They remain occupied all day these days leading parents to park a fair distance away from the park – or not use the facility at all.
Last summer, the Ardee Municipal District committee heard that the council would be unable to provide signage at the Fair Green asking people to leave parking spaces at the site free for parents and children who want to use the playground – despite a motion being tabled by Independent councillor Jim Tenanty.
Then, council engineers said leaving spaces free for parents and children was “a courtesy thing” and what councillor Tenanty was suggesting was “unenforceable”.
Currently, many parents are having to park their cars on the golf links road, between the Fair Green and the entrance to St Josephs hospital. However, the road there is narrow and presents dangers with oncoming traffic in both directions.
Officers from Ardee Gardai Station are responsible for enforcing the parking by-laws in Ardee and a meeting between local businesses and former Ardee Garda Superintendent Andrew Watters last year heard that a concerted effort was to be made to police the area and curb the issue.