Listowel Traders may foot Saturday parking bill

Traders in Listowel may be asked to foot the bill if free parking on Saturday is introduced. According to Acting Town Manager Philip O Sullivan the town is expected to earn 135,000 euro from the proceeds of paid parking this year alone. Cathaoirleach of Listowel Town Council Maria Gorman says traders should look at footing this deficit. The move follows a recent petition by traders in the town to scrap paid parking.The Acting Town Manager informed members that any receding of policy regarding paid parking would have serious consequences for Listowel Town Council. Philip O Sullivan said 135,000 euro is expected to be raised this year from parking in the town and this money was already ear marked for projects such as a Gardner and additional town improvements. As it stands this was not the most ideal time of year to be looking to introduce such a measure he said.Cllr Tom Walsh said he took on board the Council`s fiscal position and should not get rid of the ethos of charging for parking but perhaps a more business friendly way could be introduced. Cathaoirleach Maria O Gorman proposed that the Council outline the financial facts to members of the business association and chamber of commerce. She admitted that Saturday free parking and first hour free could be introduced, if the deficit from the loss of revenue be taken by the traders. The motion comes as traders in the town launched a campaign to end paid parking as it was a having serious effect on their business.