Cllr. Frank Godfrey.
“Let’s Talk Drogheda” is the title that Cllr. Frank Godfrey has given to a meeting he has called to discuss issues that are of public concern, and no better man to talk.
The public meeting/open debate takes place in The Barbican Centre, Peter Street, Drogheda, on this Thursday night, January18th at 8pm.
Issues such as homelessness, vacant houses, derelict buildings, traffic congestion, parking and the upcoming Fleadh, are all expected to be up for discussion and Cllr.Godfrey says that concerns raised at the meeting will be brought to the attention of Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin.
The question of parking, or lack of it, at The Barbican Centre will be one of the issues raised at the meeting and it is one that Cllr. Godfrey raised at this month’s Borough District meeting on Monday evening saying he had heard hat parking fines had been issued to theatre-related deliveries and also of disputes between patrons and taxi drivers.
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‘‘I understand that there is limited space here as town centre parking is at a premium – and taxis are a much-needed service – but essentially, the Barbican is a theatre and prospective audience members must have parking facilities nearby, particularly those with mobility issues who cannot walk a distance to get there,” said Cllr Godfrey.
He points out that The Barbican is a public building, a 500-seater theatre – with absolutely no parking facilities!
“We have to remember that not everybody can walk to The Barbican for reasons of distance or mobility, so there should be some spaces available nearby. Even just one dedicated disabled parking spot at the front door would help a lot.
“A zoning bay is also needed for those delivering stage sets, audio equipment and such like. Where do these service providers park? I have even heard of parking tickets being issued to delivery vehicles!
“This has to be addressed urgently. Maybe even look at being able to use the underground car park at night to facilitate patrons, as the weather has a huge bearing on theatre attendance.’
Cllr Godfrey hopes that the Council engineers will take a look at the situation shortly, saying, “Hopefully all parties can come to a satisfactory arrangement.”