LIMERICK City Council is to offer free on-street parking in the run up to Christmas.
It was confirmed at a council meeting last night that City Hall executives had agreed a “revenue-neutral strategy” to offer cost-free parking from Saturday, December 8 until New Years Eve.
This followed a request at the previous council meeting from Northside Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan that the initiative be offered.
Under the scheme, confirmed by city official Kieran Lehane, free parking would be available from 2pm until close of trading each day.
In recent years, the local authority only offered free parking on Friday and Saturday afternoons in the lead up to Christmas.
“I proposed this to give enough notice to the traders so they can publicise free parking for their businesses. But this is good news for shoppers as well. They feel they can come into the city and do their shopping,” he said. “All in all, I was delighted to get it passed through Limerick City Council,” said Cllr Hourigan.
The motion was proposed by Cllr Hourigan, and seconded by fellow Fine Gael councillor Diarmuid Scully.
It also won support from Independent councillor John Gilligan, and Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan.
Mr Lehane confirmed that: “Limerick City Council has had a look at the issue of parking. We have made this decision to facilitate retail. There will be a certain amount of free parking. We have costed this, and found savings.”