Independent councillor Jim Tenanty believes the potential relocation of the Ferdia park bring banks to the Ashwalk car park could alleviate another issue in the town – the lack of available car parking spaces for parents and children at the Fair Green.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Ardee Municipal District committee, local councillors heard proposals that could see the controversial Ferdia Park bottle banks moved to the Ashwalk car park, adjacent to Super Valu. Previously, bottle banks have been situated there but close to the entrance.
This move suggests moving the recycling facility towards the back of car park. Louth County Council cost the job – which would include resurfacing the back end of the car park – at €22,000. Also at the meeting, the issue of all-day parkers leaving no space for parents and children using the Fair Green playground was brought up, as we reported last week.
Speaking at the meeting, Tenanty felt that in dealing with one issue, the other could also benefit. The Ardee-based councillor felt if the funding was acquired to relocate the bins, the subsequent resurfacing work at Ashwalk would provide adequate additional car parking space for commuters – leaving the Fair Green spots available during the day.
“I measured the car park last week, the part that needs to be resurfaced. It can faciliate a lot more extra car parking spaces – which may alleviate some of the problems mentioned in regards to all-day parking.” Tenanty suggested bus services such as Collins Coaches could pick up at a location such as Walshes or the Bank of Ireland early in the morning.
The decision whether or not to allocate the additional €17,000 needed to move the recycling bins away from Ferdia Park will be made next Tuesday, when the councillors meet to have their 2017 Discretionary budget meeting in Dundalk.