No plans to impose parking charges in suburban areas

No plans to impose parking charges in suburban areas
There are no plans to expand the city's parking system to suburban areas like Ballincollig, Douglas and Glanmire. Picture Dan Linehan

CITY Hall chief Ann Doherty has moved to quash fears that city parking rates will be imposed in county areas after the extension of the city boundary.

Following the local elections next May, the city will be extended to areas like Ballincollig, Glanmire, Blarney and Douglas.

Fears had been expressed in many of these areas that the extension would see significant changes to established practices in the towns, with local councillors in Ballincollig particularly fearful that parking charges would be put in place in the town.

However, Ms Doherty has moved to calm fears, insisting that there is no intention to impose a raft of new charges.

"We have been very clear about this. Outside the city island, the decision to levy parking charges in any area is done at the behest of a request of businesses and citizens in the area. It is not imposed; it is done in response to requests.

"Across the city, over the years, there has been an extension of parking charges but that has always been at the request of businesses and citizens in those areas.

"I can absolutely assure: there is no one-size fits all approach to this." Ms Doherty said that once the legislation on the extension is finalised in the Dáil, outreach will begin.

"The first big milestone is ensuring that the 80,000 people living in the area that will become part of the city are very clear about where they will be casting their vote, where they are registered. Once that is in place, that starts a communications process that gives us the opportunity to engage," she said.

"There are also customers of Cork County Council - ratepayers, social housing tenants - and there will be a transfer of their accounts to Cork City Council. There will be individual communications with these people also."

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