DLR council agrees to slightly increase parking charges

by Gary Ibbotson

At this week’s Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting, councillors voted to increase on-street parking charges from May 1.

Members of Fianna Fail, Labour and the Green Party put forward the motion which was passed by the majority of councillors present.

The original proposal to increase the cost of parking at Dart stations by 100% and on-street parking by 33% was amended due to the overwhelmingly negative public reaction towards the suggestion.

Dart parking charges will now not be amended and on-street parking fees will be raised by an average of 20 cent per hour.

All on-street and off-street parking will be charged on a Monday-to-Saturday basis with residents permits not increasing in price.

Speaking after the meeting People Before Profit councillor Hugh Lewis said: “In the absence of a decent public transport system that caters for all of our communities and is so badly needed, an increase in parking charges is effectively another flat tax on the people of Dun Laoghaire.

“Incredibly, only a mere 0.4% of all submissions agreed with the idea of increasing the charges, for the ruling parties not to listen and stand up for the 99.6% that were against increases is an affront to local democracy.”

Dave Quinn, Social Democrats councillor for Dun Laoghaire said the slight increases are appropriate.

“Initial proposed increases seemed somewhat out of step with the funding needed,” he said.

“The original proposals went out for public consultation without Council consideration and we received over 700 submissions on the matter.

“Using parking data and financial information from across the area meant we could put forward an alternative proposal that was fairer and more effective.

“This will achieve the funding needed with minimal impact on the vast majority of those using parking in the area.

“I’m delighted that the Council has now passed this motion, and I’d like to thank my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, Labour, Green Party and Independent Councillors for their support,” he said.

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