CALLS are growing for a revamp of parking in the south parish area of Cork city amid the loss of dozens of parking spaces due to a major new housing development.
Ambitious plans to develop 43 homes on the current site of the White Street car park were approved by Cork City Council this summer.
The move will provide a necessary boost to the city's housing stock, which remains under huge amounts of pressure, and is set to be developed on a stretch of land which has always been earmarked for housing use, not parking.
However, a number of local councillors have expressed concerns about the impact of the loss of parking in the area, in particular for local schools and community groups.
As a compromise, Cork City Council has agreed to retain 27 of the spaces, though 80 more are set to be lost.
Independent councillors Paudie Dineen and Mick Finn have submitted a motion to be heard at Monday's meeting of Cork City Council calling for the introduction of dozens of spaces on nearby streets.
The new spaces would be achieved through the reconfiguration of the road network in the area, introducing a number of one-way streets.
The motion said, "The imminent closure of the car park will see the loss of 80 plus car parking spaces and the proposed reconfiguration will ensure the continuation and availability of car parking spaces in the area concerned, thereby avoiding the displacement of those who use the car park and maintaining access to the area for those who support indigenous businesses, while also providing much needed parking for residents who live in the area."
The councillors have proposed the following:
- That Douglas Street be designated a one-way traffic flow system West to East from Dunbar Street to Rutland Street.
- That Rutland Street be designated a one-way traffic flow system South to North from Douglas Street to the South Terrace and that parking will be provided on the left-hand side up to the South Terrace.
- That Sawmill Street be designated a one-way traffic flow system East to West from Infirmary Road to White Street with parking being provided left and right as appropriate/permitted from Infirmary Road to Rutland Street and that the parking is maintained on the left-hand side as it currently is from Rutland Street to White Street.
- That Kemp Street be designated a one-way traffic flow system from Sawmill Street to South Terrace with parking being permitted on the right-hand side.
"In our estimation, this will provide upwards of 60 plus parking spaces which will help to alleviate any parking concerns for residents and current users of the car park," the councillors.
"It will also help to maintain revenue from car parking in the area."