"They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

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