A local councillor has expressed his disappointment with Leitrim County Council over their decision not to paint disabled parking bays in Carrick on Shannon blue.
Following extensive streetscape works in the town, new blue badge street parking spaces have been identified.
The council have been called on to mark these accessible parking spaces with blue paint, stencils and road signs as done in towns and cities nationwide.
However, at this month's meeting of the Carrick on Shannon Municipal District, the council executive confirmed that due to aesthetic reasons, they would not be painting the new spaces.
Local authority management stated that the blue paint was not a statutory requirement and they hoped to keep the natural stone look of the new streetscape by adding road signs and a white wheelchair stencil on the bays instead.
It was confirmed by senior council members that the decision would be reversed should data show rising levels of illegal parking in the blue badge spots.
Speaking to Shannonside FM news, Councillor Des Guckian says that motorists may use the more subtle nature of the bays as an excuse to park there: