The issue of paid parking in Mallow is an issue that doesn’t go away. It is affecting the town and it’s economy. The local people are not consulted properly on this issue. The businesses in the main street are badly affected by this issue. With Kanturk,Blackpool in Cork city and Charleville offering free parking Mallow can’t compete properly for business. Mallow Chambers of Commerce has campaigned on this issue to no avail.
Why is the council not listening on this issue? Why must a private company run the paid parking regime? A private company running a local public service is a public sanctioned private monolopy. It removes democratic control.
The sign welcome to Mallow paid parking in operation isn’t the best advertising for the town. What this issue shows is that local democracy is weak. I am sure the local councillors are concerned. Are the officials listening? The people of Mallow and the local business community needs to continue raising this issue. They need to look at all reasonable peaceful and legal means in getting a better deal for Mallow. The people’s voice must be heard at County Hall.
John O Brien.