Residents who live on the main streets in Ardee will likely be issued with new parking permits to ensure they can park on the main streets – and avoid getting fined as Louth County Council begin their new crackdown on the parking bye-laws in the town.
Today (Tuesday, December 12th), saw Louth County Council introduce a traffic warden – borrowed from elsewhere in the county – into the town to patrol the main and side streets. Currently, bye-laws state that there is a maximum of two hour parking on the main street with four hours the maximum on side streets.
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.
The council have confirmed they hope to have the warden available for another day prior to Christmas and as of January 2018, a warden will be assigned to patrol Ardee at regular intervals each month and will issue tickets accordingly. The local authority have said they hope to increase the presence in Ardee “if and when resources allow.”
The return of a traffic warden, even part-time, to the town has led to concerns from local residents who have been parking on-street in the town without permits ever since the abolition of pay parking in Ardee in 2014. ThisIsArdee.ie understands issuing permits for residents who live on the town is not included in the current bye-laws.
Whilst pay parking was being enforced in Ardee, residents who required on-street parking had to renewal permits on an annual basis with the county council. However, since 2014, that process has not been continued. Now with the return of a warden on a sporadic basis, residents are fearful of being punished with fines – with no alternative having been offered to them.
The local authority say they will be revisiting the issue in January and in the meantime they will be issuing ‘advise notices’. They say motorists who park on double yellow lines or in disabled bays may be issued with a parking fine notice.
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.” There was confusion at Thursday’s meeting about whether or not parking permits were still being issued to those living on the main street.
The Ardee on-street parking bye-laws (2014) can be read on the Louth County Council website, by clicking here.