Listowel Council opposes reintroduction of free parking.

Councillors in Listowel may abolish Saturday pay parking despite the 24,000 euro loss in revenue it would create. The Chamber of Commerce has also voiced its opposition to the re introduction of free on street parking on a Saturday. The Council is opposed to the re introduction of Saturday free parking on two counts. One is the financial deficit it would create, a loss of 24,000 euro which Town Manager Michael McMahon says would fall back on the rate payers.The Council adds that one of the objectives of pay parking is to encourage short stay visits. They now fear motorists will take advantage of the free parking system and stay long term on the streets on the busiest trading day of the week. The Chamber of Commerce has also expressed its opposition to the re introduction citing a lower turnover of car parking spaces as their primary concern. Signage would also have to be altered at a cost of 3,000 euro to reflect the new parking arrangements. Councillors are to discuss the possibility of free Saturday parking at next months meeting.

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