By Majella Loftus
Extra parking wardens need to be employed in South Mayo, according to a local councillor.
Cllr Richard Finn made his comments at a meeting of Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District last week when referring to comparisons made by a council colleague in relation to the number of parking fines issued in the towns of Claremorris and Ballinrobe and those issued in Westport.
Cllr Finn said he took exception to comments by Cllr Peter Flynn from West Mayo municipal district who noted at a recent meeting that only three parking fines were issued in one week in South Mayo compared to a multiple of that figure in Westport.
“I take exception to this, it is totally unfair,” said Cllr Finn, who added that three bigger Mayo towns have three wardens for parking and litter. “In Claremorris and Ballinrobe, we have one parking warden who works full-time five days per week.”
Cllr Finn noted that the warden also investigates litter complaints for one-third of the county, adding: “This is one man doing two jobs.”
Cllr Damien Ryan said it was physically impossible to enforce parking in two towns while working as a litter warden.
“Parking alone is a full-time job without litter patrols. We are being deprived of personnel and an extra parking warden should be employed.”