RETAILERS REVOLT OVER OVERNIGHT INCREASE IN PARKING CHARGES
The increase by Fermoy Town Council of 33.75% to the daily parking charges, raising them to €3.50 from €2.70 has been slammed this week by a local retailer in the town. Valerie Murphy of All Seasons, Kent Street says she is ‘outraged’ at what she describes as ‘the overnight increase in the daily charge’ and has threatened to do something about it.
“I have spoken with quite a large number of other retailers as well as customers on this, and all are in agreement that the increase must be reversed immediately. In fact what I am calling for now is that the charges be abolished altogether considering the recession we are in at the moment.”
The Avondhu understands that some people who paid their €2.70, unaware the charge had gone up, came back to find they had been issued with parking tickets.
“We need to encourage people into the town and be seen to providing services for them rather than taking them away. In these difficult times, the last thing we want is for the council to be squeezing us even more.”
Ms Murphy said she is fully intent on fighting the issue to the last.
“Retailers in Fermoy are under enough pressure. We have taken enough and have no intention of taking this latest outrage lying down.”
Thursday 19th February 5:22pm