The provision of off street parking in Ballymahon is an absolute priority going forward.
That's the view of local Councillor Pat O'Toole following concerns from local businesses over new proposed streetscape works in the town.
In a post to social media yesterday, the Ballymahon Traders Association claim proposed changes will cause serious parking issues as well as traffic delays for those who live, work or pass through the town.
Concerns highlighted by the association include the removal of 100 car parking spaces, the introduction of traffic lights at two locations and the removal of a feeder lane from the bridge to the Athlone road.
A public meeting to address the issue will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 5th in Cooney's Hotel.
Speaking to Let's Talk today, Councillor O'Toole says much of the work is already approved having gone through a public consultation process.
Addressing some of the concerns, the Fianna Fail Councillor believes off street parking is vital for the town:
''We're at the stage now where Ballymahon is a very busy town and we certainly need off street car parking close to the shops, across from the library you have Supervalu and pharmacy, that's a hugely busy area and there's no parking along there at all, just some parking along the street but no off street car parking and we're going to have to develop a car park there without a doubt.''