Laois Nationalist – ‘Residents only’ parking sign could cause dispute in Portlaoise

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By Ryan Dunne

A ‘RESIDENTS ONLY’ sign is needed for Triogue Place to stop people parking there, but a Portlaoise councilor has warned there could be a row if such a sign is erected.

At the Portlaoise Municipal District September meeting, cllr Thomasina Connell called on the local authority to review the parking situation in Triogue Place, Portlaoise with a view to erecting ‘residents only’ signs, to prevent non-residents to continue blocking the small number of parking spaces.

She said: “A lot of non-residents park there. This has happened in other places and we don’t want to end up in a situation with parking discs. A sign must be erected because there are elderly people living in this area with additional needs, and when they go out to do their shopping and come back, they find that their places are gone. The inhabitants would be happy to have a sign.

Supporting the motion, cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said double yellow lines had already been placed in the area.

Services manager Simon Walton said where the local authority provides double yellow lines it is an offense to park.

“There is a need for parking for some legitimate residents, so signage, perhaps in combination with double yellow lines at the entrance to the estate, could be the solution,” Mr Walton said.

Cllr Willie Aird said he would be totally opposed to such a sign.

“There are about four residents with cars there. There is a lady who has been stationed there for years with the permission of the residents. I certainly don’t want it to be just for residents, because it’s going to end in a row. I accept that people shouldn’t park there all day,” Cllr Aird said.

Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said she was always of the opinion that if there was a public space, anyone had the right to park there.

“I get the merit of that and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with residents putting up a sign to stop people parking there,” said cllr Dwane Stanley.

Mr Walton said he saw no problem erecting the sign, and Senior Executive Engineer Wes Wilkinson said he would meet with Cllr Connell about parking spaces at Triogue Place.


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