Press Release

Mullingar Chamber of Commerce logoMullingar Chamber of Commerce President Pat Whelan this morning made representation to all Mullingar Area County Councillors with a view to having free on-street parking in Mullingar at weekends until the end of the year, in a move to promote Christmas shopping in the town.

In Tuesdays Irish Times it was reported that

On-street parking in Limerick city is to be free at weekends until the end of the year, in a move to promote Christmas shopping. There would be no charge for parking on Fridays and Saturdays between 2pm and 5.30pm from this Friday.

Cllr. Ken Glynn replied to Pat Whelan’s representations and a copy of his e-mail correspondence with the executive of Westmeath County Council is as follows:-

Declan,

In relation to Christmas parking arrangements I think we as a Council should provide free on street parking at weekends leading up to Christmas. InLimerickCitythey have announced free on street parking for both Fridays and Saturday’s up to Christmas starting this Friday.

I attended a meeting on Monday night and traders are begging for help. So while I appreciate revenue would be lost I think for this month we should take this on board and as chair of the area committee I am proposing we take this measure to ensure that every support possible is given to our town during the build up to Christmas.

I propose to call a meeting of area members if you deem this necessary but in these difficult times we must take this action. I have discussed this with Cllr Davitt and he is willing to second such a proposal.

Kind Regards

Cllr Ken Glynn

Chairperson Mullingar Area Committee

30th November, 2011

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The County Council initially agreed the following parking arrangements for Christmas in Mullingar:-

Free Parking on the 10th, Sat 17th, Fri 23rd and Sat 24th Dec, 2011.  In addition the Council will open up Lynnbury Car park (at rear of County Buildings) for free car parking on Sat 10th, Sun 11th, Sat 17th , Sun 18th, and Sat 24th Dec 2011.

Mullingar Chamber of Commerce will be fighting to have free on-street parking in Mullingar at weekends in addition to the already agreed arrangements until the end of the year, in a move to promote Christmas shopping in the town.

Ends

30th November, 2011

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