Council to bring in pay parking at Sandymount
DUBLIN City Council is to boost its revenue by pushing ahead with plans to charge for parking at Sandymount strand.
The local authority will be installing pay-and-display meters at three car parks along the seaside location.
In total, 46 bays north of the Martello Tower, 36 bays south of the tower and 38 bays south of the disused public baths will become paid parking facilities.
City parks superintendent Gerry Barry said in a report that the move will "encourage short-term parking, facilitating those visiting and availing of local amenities".
It will also "discourage the use of the car parks as park & ride/all day parking facilities" and "provide for other short-term usages such as Mass going and walking, jogging etc".
Mr Barry said "the rate will be 60c per hour from 11am to 6pm so as to encourage short-term usage, with the remaining hours being free of charge".
"Depending on the occupancy rate, there is no doubt that the car parking spaces could generate significant revenues on an annual basis which can be reinvested in amenities in the city," he added.
The ESB is currently installing high-voltage electricity cables at the location.
The company has "agreed to resurface and line mark the car parks on completion of the cable-laying".
"It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of October 2010 and the pay and display units will be installed by the roads and traffic department shortly thereafter," Mr Barry said.
A previous report had stated: "These car parks were provided ... to facilitate recreational use of the promenades and associated beach amenities.
"A pattern of all-day commuter parking has developed at all of these locations."
A similar move is being planned for Clontarf promenade parking area, which has 40 bays and is located between the junctions with Hollybrook Road and St Lawrence Road.
The fees along the promenade would be imposed between 11am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Tim O'Sullivan, executive manager with the council's roads and traffic section, said the reduced operational hours at Clontarf are to facilitate parking by Massgoers attending St Anthony's Church. The changes will severely inconvenience commuters, though it is thought the measures are supported by other users of the car parks.