The end could be near for estate’s car parking plague

by Sylvia Pownall

Residents of a Swords housing estate plagued by all-day parking could see a solution to their problem in coming months.

Fingal County Council has now taken Carlton Court in charge and is being urged to extend Pay and Display parking to alleviate the problem.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) has listed a motion for the September Area Meeting of the local authority calling for the move and believes it makes sense.

He said: “This estate suffers more than most with non-resident parking due to its proximity to the Pavilions and commuter bus routes.

“At our July council meeting, after years and years of waiting the [estate] roads were taken in charge, which means they are no longer in the ownership of the developer.

“This means that Fingal County Council can consider Pay and Display plans for Carlton Court, as exists in Highfields, if residents think this would be a good idea.

“Most representations that I have received are in favour of a Pay and Display solution that suits residents over non-resident parking.”

The scheme was introduced in Highfield a decade ago, with parking permits issued to residents who are also afforded visitors’ passes to avoid falling foul of the traffic warden.

Cllr Butler said: “Unfortunately, the only way we can get the parking warden’s route extended is to have Pay and Display within the estate, with proper parking bays marked out.

“Residents will have an opportunity to agree or not to proposed parking bays, ensuring a safer entrance and exit from their driveways and safer, regulated parking within the estate.”

Councillors will debate the issue at the next Balbriggan/Swords Area Meeting in September.

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