Businesswoman urges City Hall to offer free parking every day until Christmas

A BUSINESSWOMAN is calling on her colleagues from across the centre to lobby Limerick city manager Tom Mackey to extend the free parking scheme.

A BUSINESSWOMAN is calling on her colleagues from across the centre to lobby Limerick city manager Tom Mackey to extend the free parking scheme.

In the run up to Christmas, Limerick City Council will offer free parking on Friday and Saturday afternoons. But while Maeve Newman of Newman's Cameras is grateful for the move - which makes 3,000 car parking spaces free - she thinks City Hall could go further.

To this end, she has circulated around 500 emails to business people across Limerick City Centre asking them to email Mr Mackey in a bid to introduce free parking every day until Christmas.

Her letter to city traders reads: "I spoke with City Council this morning and was told that the more traders that contact the city manager and Mayor's office, we may then be able to obtain more parking.

"If we get enough support on this we may just get shoppers back into the city. Parking is a huge problem and driving people away from the city to outside centres. I propose free parking from 1030am to 1500 every day up to December 30th with a review again in 2011."

Ms Newman said the city centre is still attractive to shoppers, pointing out: "On Sundays when traffic wardens don't operate there is no parking to be had in the city on this day clearly showing the shoppers do want to come into the city but don't want to run the risk of a €40 fine or pay huge car parking fees."

City manager Mr Mackey can be contacted at manager@limerickcity.ie, while Mayor Maria Byrne can be reached at mayor@limerickcity.ie