A proposal to introduce a special yearly parking rate in Listowel has been shot down.
Listowel Municipal District Manager Joan McCarthy described the motion by Fianna Fáil Cllr Jimmy Moloney as short term gain for long term loss.
She says the council needs a parking turnover and can’t have cars parked all day, even if they have paid an annual rate.
Kerry County Council says the necessity and importance of frequent turn-over of on-street car parking spaces is vital for the retail and service sectors in Listowel town centre.
A full-time traffic warden is employed to monitor and control traffic movement and parking.
In other towns, yearly rates are available for specified off street car parks however, in Listowel car park spaces are free of charge.
It was also noted that improved signage and road markings highlights free parking in all Kerry County Council car parks in Listowel.