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Past time to pay for parking in Westport

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On The Edge
Áine Ryan

IS it really the end of the world if tourists and, indeed, locals are forced to pay for on-street parking in Westport? Frankly, I don’t know what all the fuss has been about. Why should the citizens of Castlebar, Ballina, Claremorris and Ballinrobe, and the visitors to these towns, have to pay for on-street parking but those who pull-up on the streets of Westport be exempt? Surely, from a plethora of perspectives, Westport can better afford such charges than the other towns in the county where pay and display is in operation?
Comparatively speaking, Westport is a boom town. It is a tourism honeypot. It is the gateway to the Great Western Greenway and a significant stop-off for the thousands travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way. Its businesses thrive for at least six months of the year. Its hotels are bulging at the seams throughout the summer. Where is the evidence that visitors who arrive into a tourism town will keep driving once they see Pay and Display signs for –........

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