SKIBBEREEN’S successful Saturday market is being blamed for peoples’ bad parking.
The issue was raised at a meeting of the West Cork Municipal District in Skibbereen last week when Cllr Karen Coakley said motorists exiting Mardyke Park are being blind-sided.
She claimed that people are parking in such a way that their cars are blocking the exit and those who do try and edge their way out onto the main road find their view seriously obstructed.
Cllr Coakley said the residents of Mardyke Park had contacted the gardaí but they were told that because there was no ‘yellow box’ governing the exit it was not their responsibility.
‘But on a Saturday morning,’ she said, ‘people park everywhere and anywhere,’ and she asked the traffic warden to ‘go down there’ and sort it out.
The municipal officer, Justin England told the councillor: ‘If there is an obstruction, or cars are impeding vision, it is a matter for the traffic warden or the gardaí.’
The councillors also discussed the issue of residents’ permits to park in North Street, and other parts of Skibbereen, but MacDara Ó h-Icí pointed out that permits only exit in places where there is paid parking, such as the meter system.
Mr Ó h-Icí said parking in Skibbereen is regulated by the by-laws and that previous local arrangements have ‘no basis in law.
‘There can be no local arrangements,’ he added, ‘the by-laws are the by-laws, and they have to be enforced.’
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