Louth County Council intend to reintroduce a traffic warden for Ardee – in a bid to tackle those who take advantage of the two-hour parking byaw that is currently in place.
As reported in today’s Mid-Louth Independent, the local authority recognise the need for a traffic warden to come in and police the issue – a large part of which includes commuters parking their cars on the town all day before leaving for work on public transport.
The issue of all-day parking, especially at areas such as the Fair Green in Ardee, has been raised countless times at Municipal District level but no solutions to the ongoing problem have forthcoming. A lack of parking spaces around the Fair Green playground has raised concern among parents who feel they can’t park close enough to the facility with young children in tow.
Speaking at last Thursday’s Joint Policing Committee meeting in Ardee, county council Director of Services Joe McGuinness said, “It was an objective of the council to take a traffic warden from Dundalk or Drogheda to come to Ardee.
The newspaper reports that McGuinness added that parking all day in Ardee was breaking the bylaws. With no traffic warden currently employed in Ardee – since pay parking was abolished – the responsibility to police the two-hour limit falls on the Gardai but they claim a lack of manpower limits their ability to do this.
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.
Ardee Municipal cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue has called the issue “unfair on parents and kids.”