Ballina residents are furious at Mayo County Council’s lack of consultation over the installation of additional double yellow lines on their street.
Council-employed contractors met with opposition from Bury St residents when they recently attempted to extend the existing double yellow lines on the street.
The new markings are part of a series of measures geared at improving traffic flow around Ballina town. But a member of the Bury Street Residents’ Association maintains they should have been consulted first.
“Some of the residents have been living in these properties for over 30 years and have lost their parking at the stroke of a pen. Residents ranging from new families to retired people have been told to park across the road in the car park at their own cost or to move out of town,” he claimed, adding that the council only furnished them with drawings of the new road markings a few hours in advance of the work being carried out.
The spokesperson said that residents suspect the changes may have been implemented to facilitate the proposed development of a new Aldi store on the street, with little consideration for the impact on them.
“It’s wrong what they are doing. We are the only residential street in the town centre where they are putting these yellow lines in.”
Declan Turnbull, Mayo County Council’s manager of the Ballina Municipal District, said that the net effect of the changes was the loss of parking outside just two houses on the street.
“They are public parking spaces that are available to residents and to the public,” he stressed, noting that there is plenty of alternative parking on that street and in the nearby Diamond’s Yard car park.
Mr Turnbull said the council did not consult on the line-markings as the work only entailed an additional 30 to 40 metres of double yellow lines.
The changes were planned long before the Aldi planning application was submitted to Mayo County Council and residents were aware of the works from September 4 when a map of the markings was provided, he added.