Category Archives: Parking

Park & Stride – Notice of Motion

7 Notice of Motion

7.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

We call on the Trim Municipal District of Meath County Council to carry out a Park &
Stride trial in Trim and bring findings to Municipal District members for consideration.

Response:
The Parking section will carry out a trial “park and stride” promotion in Trim. This trial will be run for a 3-month period in which the section will promote Park & Stride / Walk the last K. 2 carparks will be utilized for this promotion where drivers can park at Tower View all day parking for €2.00 or free parking in The Council Offices on the Summerhill Road. The parking section will report to the members on this trial its outcomes and recommendations.

Parking on Footpaths – Notice of Question

6 Notice of Question
6.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

For years 2022, 2023 and 2024 to date, how many tickets were issued for vehicles parked on footpaths?

RESPONSE:
Navan, Trim and Kells
2022 – Number of Fines: 422
2023 – Number of Fines: 423
2024 – January Number of Fines: 25


Trim Town
2022 – Number of Fines: 101
2023 – Number of Fines: 74
2024 – January Number of fines: 2

Free Parking under Free Travel Scheme – Notice of Motion

9.5 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden
“We call on Meath County Council to examine the feasibility of introducing Free Parking for Meath residents, who qualify for the Free Travel Scheme.”

Response
The primary objective of parking charges is to create turnover of spaces in town centre for customers and clients of retail, business and services. The provision of free parking impedes this objective. Meath County Council grants free parking only to disabled permits holder in specific disabled bays and in any parking bays if all specific bays are occupied, a high level feasibility study will be undertaken which considers our overall corporate objectives.

Paid Parking Changes due to COVID-19

In light of the revised restrictions imposed on everyone following last night’s Government announcement we have been reviewing the operation of all Council services including the parking and warden services.

We believe that there is an important support role that our wardens can play to assist essential businesses and key workers in the current crisis.

Essential businesses include:

  • Pharmacy
  • Health Food Stores
  • Forecourt / Fuel
  • Specialist pet stores and animal feed providers
  • Supermarkets and butchers  
  • Convenience stores / newsagents
  • Laundries and Drycleaners
  • Banks / Post Offices

For the duration of the current emergency period therefore the revised role of our warden services will be to ensure that:

  • There is no illegal parking such as would restrict or prevent access to any of these essential services by customers or key workers
  • Parking is generally available for people using or providing these services
  • There is no improper use of disabled parking bays such as would prevent access for people with disabilities to these services
  • There is no illegal parking that could constitute a danger to other road users or pedestrians.
  • Loading bays are kept clear for the delivery of supplies to these essential services.

The Council would encourage any essential business having difficulties with illegal parking affecting access to their premises or parking for key workers to contact the wardens for assistance.

– Meath County Council

Paid Parking – Cost, Revenue & Alternatives.

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
2nd July 2018, Council Chamber

9 Notice of Motion
9.1 Submitted Councillor Trevor Golden

Arising from Item 9.3 of the September 2017 Ordinary Meeting and subsequent meeting of the Transport SPC we call for Meath County Council to prepare a proposal for the members consideration, circulated prior to our budget meeting this year, of the cost implications as set out in Item 9.3. The proposal will be an item on the agenda. This motion does not seek any implementation or changes at this time, its purpose to provide members with the appropriate information to make an informed decision during the budget process. This motion does not seek to limit amendments or additions that are in the spirit of the proposal.

See content of 9.3 below:
For Meath County Council to prepare a document for the consideration of the members detailing the following: The revenue generated and the operating cost of paid parking across the county and per Municipal District. The annual cost of paid parking bye-law enforcement across the county and per Municipal District.The cost implication (€/%) to Commercial Rates if parking charges were to be abolished with the retention of enforcement for time limits and illegal parking).

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered.

NOM – queries Countywide KellsNavanTrim
The revenue generated from paid parking
€1,425,706

€225,000

€965,706

€235,000
The annual cost of paid parking bye-law enforcement
€945,057

€225,799

€482,908

€236,350
The cost implication (€/%) to Commercial Rates if
parking charges were to be abolished with the
retention of enforcement for time limits and
illegal parking

€1,225,706 or
an increase of 4%

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council.

Paid Parking Revenue / Cost

Transportation Strategic Policy Committee
18th October 2017, Training Room, Room 128, Buvinda House, Navan.

Notices of Motion
6.1 NoM -Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

For Meath County Council to prepare a document for the consideration of the members detailing the following:

The revenue generated and the operating cost of paid parking across the county and per Municipal District.
The annual cost of paid parking bye-law enforcement across the county and per Municipal District.
The cost implication (€/%) to Commercial Rates if parking charges were to be abolished with the retention of enforcement for time limits and illegal parking.

It was noted that at the September Meeting of Meath County Council it was requested to bring this motion to the Transportation and Economic Development SPC’s.

Cllr T Golden presented this Notice of Motion to the meeting and a response to the Motion was circulated to the Members of the committee.Following the presentation the following matters were raised:

  • The motion deals with public parking not private parking.
  • Pay parking has a negative connotation.
  • Businesses in Dunshaughlin are being affected by all day parking of vehicles.
  • If towns such as Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin are included,the cost of enforcement will increase substantially
  • Enforcement does not work without payment for parking.
  • Difficult to recommend increase of rates as businesses are struggling.
  • Pay by text could allow parking time to be extended.
  • Some businesses with large car parks are assumed to have an unfair advantage; however, these businesses may have purchased and developed land at a cost to them to provide their own parking.
  • Compliance with the parking bye laws had risen from 35% to 90% because of enforcement, with a doubling of turnover of vehicles parking on the streets

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council