Increase the hourly rate in the council carparks in Westport, rather than introduce street car parking charges in the town.

That’s the view of Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire.

She told Midwest News this morning that if Tom Gilligan, Director of Services for Mayo county council, needs to secure additional funding, then he should increase the hourly rate in the carparks in Westport from 70 cent to one euro for the first hour.

Last week, Tom Gilligan outlined plans to councillors to introduce street carparking charges in 8 towns across the county.

Cllr McGuire says the proposal is unfair to rate payers, businesses and the general public.

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