Carrick-on-Shannon retailers express fears over plans to reduce on-street car parking spaces

Some Carrick-on-Shannon businesses fear more shops will close because of plans to significantly reduce car-parking in the town-centre.

They are calling on Leitrim County Council to scrap the proposal.

Late last year, the council announced plans for a major upgrade of Carrick after a funding allocation of €2.9 million.

The plans include a new public car park, with 105 spaces, in Flynn’s Field, behind the Landmark Hotel, but several on-street spaces in the core of the town will be removed.

This has angered many businesses.

Martin and Theresa Kelly, of Kelly’s Foodstore in the Dublin Road, claim that far from attracting more people into the town, the plans will in fact deter shoppers from the town centre.

They say the removal of so many car-parking spaces will ruin its businesses and several others.

Ciaran Reynolds, a butcher in Main Street, says he is not happy to hear that 50 car-parking spaces will be lost in the town-centre.

He says customers have told him they wouldn’t walk from the car park in Flynn’s Field to his shop.

Mr Reynolds says he has seen six supermarkets and three butchers close in the town and doesn’t want to see more shops close in Main Street because of no parking on it.

Ivan Keaney, who runs a photography business in Bridge Street, claims the culling of spaces in town will directly lead to less retail shops and more vacant units, but prettier streets.

Two other businesses in Bridge Street also oppose the reduction of on-street parking – Michael Masterson’s barber shop and Four Seasons Accommodation.]