Arklow to introduce “Age friendly” parking bays

Arklow Municipal District has launched a new parking initiative designed to help older people get around Arklow town more easily.

Earlier this year the Members of Arklow Municipal District set aside funding for this new initiative which is in line with the first County Wicklow Age Friendly Strategy 2017–2022. The strategy was adopted following consultation with older people throughout County Wicklow and endorsed by Wicklow Older People’s Council.

Age Friendly parking bays are subject to normal parking fees and motorists are asked to respect these courtesy spaces and leave them free for older people in the community who need them.

The idea is that they will not be policed but will be similar to the mother and babies car parking spaces in supermarkets.   It is hoped that people will do the right thing and not park in them if they do not consider themselves old.

Signage has been erected at a total of six Age Friendly parking bays in St Mary’s Car Park on the Main Street and Castle Park Car Park.  This initiative will also be extended to other parts town in coming months.

Arklow Municipal is calling on supermarkets, shopping centres, and any business with customer parking to follow suit and designate a space for older people.

Commenting on the initiative Cathaoirleach of Arklow Municipal District, Cllr Miriam Murphy, said: “It’s good to see the local authority responding to issues raised by the citizens of the town and I hope other car park providers will see the benefits of these spaces and introduce them as well.”

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