Increase the daily car parking charges in the car parks in Westport, and increase the hourly rate for parking to 1 euro for the first hour and 50 cents after that, and the deficit of 355,000 euro that the municipal district agreed to in the 2018 budget would be restored.

 That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire. She made the proposal at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

The refusal by West Mayo councillors to introduce pay and display street car parking charges in the town, caused controversy at the Ballina Municipal District meeting last week. Councillors in Ballina were told that the payment of grants to voluntary groups across the county, under GMA funding is on hold, until the local authority can make up a 400,000 euro deficit that was to be collected through the introduction of additional Pay and Display street carparking charges, as agreed in the 2018 budget.

Ballina councillors say it is unfair that voluntary groups in Ballina are now paying the price for Westport failing to introduce what was agreed.

Councillor McGuire told Midwest News today her proposal, if adopted, could resolve the financial issue.

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