Blaine Gaffney, a Fine Gael Local Area Representative in Sligo, has called for an open discussion to begin between the representatives of the business community in Sligo and the local authority with regard to the amount of commercial loading-bays which are currently available to businesses operating in Sligo town at present.

“I say this as over the past month I have been contacted by a number of concerned local businesses, from both the retail and construction sectors, who operate up to 90% of their output in and around Sligo town. “These business have expressed to me their real frustrations over the lack of loading-bays which are available in Sligo town at peak times and they are now looking for this issue to be addressed by Sligo County Council going forward into 2018” Gaffney stated. 

Commercial Loading-Bays are provided in Sligo by Sligo County Council for business people and for the deliveries of goods to a business at certain times. These bays are highly regulated in order to facilitate businesses and deliveries. Loading-bays only facilitate commercial vehicles which are actively unloading and these bays are usually marked with a sign and road marking advertising the strict times involved.

“Discussing the financial implications which the lack of loading-bays in Sligo is having on some businesses, Gaffney stated “I have held a meeting with one very active Sligo business owner just this week who has explained to me in detail how his operational costs for parking in Sligo town when his employees cannot access a loading-bay on certain streets will on average cost him almost €10,000 per year. This is a large amount of money for a local business to have to pay considering the fact that this is on top of the commercial rates which he is already paying to Sligo County Council. 

“Another issue which I feel needs to be looked at by the Council is the actual time periods currently available on a number of these loading-bays and when the loading-bay period expires such as is the situation with the loading-bay on O’Connell Street for example, which often causes confusion and anger when parking tickets are issued. 

“To address this issue I have contacted officials in Sligo County Council this week in anticipation that something can prevail and I would be very hopeful that the need for a change to the current system will be realised by Sligo County Council if and when a discussion were to take place with the Sligo Chamber of Commerce and other business bodies and I would call on all the business in Sligo who feel that this particular issue needs to be addressed to highlight the issue when the opportunity arises to do so”  concluded Gaffney. 



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