The disability parking space located at the south end of Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk is on the wrong side of the road – according to Fianna Fáil councillor Conor Keelan, who raised the issue at Tuesday’s meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District.
Prior to the regeneration of Clanbrassil Street and St Nicholas Quarter last year, a disabled parking space was located outside the An Post office on the town’s main retail thoroughfare. However, after roadsurfacing works and some realignment to the space, the disabled parking bay was moved across the road, outside Houstons store.
“In my view there is need for a disabled bay on the post office side on Clanbrassil Street,” Cllr Keenan commented. “There used to be one but this was relocated during the works on Clanbrassil Street by the contractor, in consultation with the local authority.
“I have had representations from business owners and also constituents who pointed out; why should it not revert to the situation as it was pre-regeneration? In my view, it makes perfect sense. Individuals of a certain age should be able to park in front of the Post Office if they are getting their pension or other products they wish to purchase.
He asked for the local authority to re-examine the situation. Senior Engineer John O’Hagan told the meeting there had been a number of discussions on the matter and he would have to refer back to clarify the decison making process.
Meetings administrator Alan Sherry recalled that disability advocacy groups, including the Irish Wheelchair Association, recommended that the parking space be moved across the road. Independent councillor Maeve Yore agreed with that version of events.