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Council confirm ‘sporadic’ Ardee traffic warden on the way

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A view of Market Street, looking south, in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Louth County Council have confirmed that a traffic warden is to be deployed in Ardee in the next week – and beyond – in a bid to enforce parking bylaws in place in the town.

ThisIsArdee.ie reported on Thursday that a traffic warden was set to be deployed in Ardee at random times in a bid to crack down on all-day parking in the town. Presently, there is a two hour limit on the main streets in the town with a four hour limit in place on side streets.

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Since the abolition of pay parking in Ardee, there have been no traffic wardens working in the town with the responsibility of enforcing the parking bylaws falling on the local Gardai. However, Gardai say a lack of manpower means they are unable to regularly patrol the town.

In a letter seen by ThisIsArdee.ie, the local authority confirmed that following representation to the Chief Executive, they will be deploying a traffic warden in the town this coming Tuesday, December 12th to enforce the bylaws.

The council also confirmed they hope to have the warden available for another day prior to Christmas. As of January 2018, a warden will be assigned to patrol Ardee at regular intervals each month and will issue tickets accordingly.

Louth CoCo said they hope to increase the presence in Ardee “if and when resources allow.”

Speaking at Thursday evening’s Ardee Municipal District committee December meeting, Louth County Council Director of Services Joe McGuinness said the move was, “Initially starting off as a campaign to encourage better parking.”

Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue said on Thursday, “A traffic warden is coming into Ardee next week to help with the problem of all-day parking. Is it welcomed? No, but is it necessary? Yes.”

“It’s not a welcome thing, but it is a happy medium. We don’t want pay-parking but we can’t have a free for all. We have to have some structure for our town. They will be looking for all-day parkers, those parked on double yellow lines, parking on disability bays with no permit.”

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