Bray Sinn Féin County Councillor Michael O’Connor has expressed serious concerns in relation to the operation of clamping in car-parks in Bray, particularly in the Holy Redeemer Car-park on the Herbert Road. He has called on the council to initiate discussions with the church to try taking control of the car-park.
Cllr. O’Connor commented “Recently I’ve been contacted by a number of people who have been clamped in different locations around Bray, some are local people and others are visitors to the town. The car-parks are in private ownership and unfortunately clamping is in operation. In some cases cars have been clamped when the tickets have expired by a couple of minutes, this is not only unfair, its literally driving people out of the town.”
“The one car-park I get the most complaints about is the Holy Redeemer car-park on the Herbert Road. There is much confusion in that car-park as one section is owned and controlled by the council and the other half is owned by the Church and is managed privately. Clamping is in operation in the church section. It’s not quite clear for motorists as to what section they are in and what machines to get tickets from. There are badly worn road markings, one section is white and the other is yellow, but for most they aren’t obvious and is causing confusion.”
Cllr O’Connor continued “The private operators there give no leniency whatsoever. Recently one elderly lady parked her car and went to one of the shops in the Arcade to get change, she returned less than 3 minutes later only to be clamped. The clampers refused to remove the clamp until she paid the fee. The lady had no money and had to ask for a loan from one of the shopkeepers who gladly helped.”
Cllr O’Connor concluded “These vulture operators are driving people out of the town and this practice must be ended. The council must engage immediately with the Holy Redeemer Church and ask them to enter an agreement with the council to allow them operate the full car-park without any clamping. This had been the case until a number of years ago, when the church ended the agreement and brought in the private operators.”