NENAGH Town Council has refused to sanction a bye law which would lead directly to installation of pay-and-display parking in the car park adjacent to St John’s Church and Nenagh Hospital.
The councillors also indicated at Monday night’s meeting of Nenagh Town Council that they intend to write to both North Tipperary County Council and the HSE with regard to the matter and to highlight a conviction that it is the responsibility of the County Council to resurface the car park.
Town manager Marcus O’Connor had described the car park as in a “poor state of repair” and that drainage and surface works would come to an estimated cost of E80,000. Although owned by the county council the car park falls within the administrative area of Nenagh Town Council.
Therefore, Nenagh Town Council was asked if it was prepared to pass a bye law which would permit the installation of pay-and-display meters - it was proposed that members of the public could use the car park free of charge on Saturday and Sunday.
Fine Gael Councillor Tom Moylan captured the mood of his colleagues when he outlined his opposition to such an installation.
“It is unfair to make Nenagh Town Council responsible to make a decision on it when we do not own it. Why are we being asked to make a hard decision on something we don’t even own,” Cllr Moylan asked.
Independent Councillor Hughie McGrath agreed while adding that “in the current climate we can’t be seen to be putting up pay-and-display machines”.
Mayor Seámus Morris said that the area was in a “deplorable state” while he also criticised the performance of the HSE with relation to the car park.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Jimmy Moran said that he was “ashamed at the state of the car park” while he also asked that the county council “come forward and pay for the re-surfacing of the area”.
Town manager Marcus O’Connor warned that the county council could take the decision to close the car park to the public. Mr O’Connor also said that “pay parking is a fact of life” and that “something decisive needs to be done”.
Councillor Tom Moylan said that if the county council “threaten to close the car park then we’ll fight that battle when it comes. As the owners we want the county council to resurface the car park and bring it up to a proper standard”.