Lavelle welcomes vote to introduce 30 minutes free parking in Lucan Village

March 10, 2014  

“Move will reduce costs for visitors and shoppers and will support the commercial life of our Village”

          South Dublin County Council introduces measures for urban centres throughout County

          Lucan Councillor commenced successful campaign with respect to Lucan Village last October

          Lavelle had criticised excessive profits being generated from pay-parking

          Move welcomed by local businesses

William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has welcomed the by South Dublin County Council to seek to introduce 30 minutes free parking in Lucan Village and other urban centres in the County Council’s area. The new arrangements will be phased in over the next four to six weeks.

Cllr. Lavelle states: “This vote to introduce 30 minutes free parking represents a major victory and massive boost for Lucan Village as it will reduce costs for visitors and shoppers and will support the commercial life of our Village”.

Today’s decision was welcomed by local businesses in Lucan Village.

William is Chairman of the Lucan Village Network which brings together local businesses, residents and community groups and the Council to seek to enhance and promote Lucan Village

William initiated a campaign to introduce 30 minutes free parking in Lucan Village following a report presented last October’s meeting of the Council’s Lucan Area Committee (22/10/13) which showed that parking charge revenue in Lucan Village in the 12 months from September 2012 to August 2013 totalled €260,000, representing 40% of all parking charge revenue accruing to South Dublin County Council. The report also indicated that, in 2012, South Dublin County Council generated a net profit from parking charges (after parking warden costs, VAT etc) of €345,000. Given that Lucan Village contributes 40% of all parking charge revenue, it is estimated that Lucan Village contributes €140,000 in a net parking profit to the council.

Commenting on these figures last October, William stated: “It seems Lucan Village is proving a ‘cash cow’ for South Dublin County Council when it comes to pay parking.”

William added: “I appreciate the need of some form of parking control so as to prevent all-day parking. But I don’t think we should be using pay-parking as a cash generator. But I believe the profits being made from parking in Lucan Village absolutely justified our radical review of pay-parking.”

On foot of this report, William worked with Fine Gael colleagues to seek agreement on the  proposal for 30 minutes free parking.  William particularly commended Templeogue’s Cllr. Colm Brophy who is Chairman of the Council’s Transport Policy Committee (SPC) stating: “Colm showed real leadership in steering this proposal through the Council.”

The new arrangement will not apply to residential areas and a separate review of residential parking will follow.