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Monday, 16th September 2019

Murdock’s car park to be reserved for Gardaí

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Murdocks Car park which is to be for Garda use only from October 7. 

"The town centre is losing far too many parking places" says Callan

As and from Monday 7th October 2019 Murdocks’s car park which is opposite Drogheda Garda Station will no longer be available for the general public but will be reserved for Garda use only.

This decision was notified to the County Council recently by the Office of Public Works (OPW) who say it is necessary to facilitate construction works that are to commence shortly at the Drogheda Garda Station required to accommodate the additional resources recently assigned to the Drogheda Division.

Murdock’s car park is currently used by Drogheda Gardaí as an overflow facility. The planned works will see the car park on the Garda station site utilised as part of the new station and so the entire Murdock’s car park site will form an integral part of the Garda station facilities.

Independent Councillor Kevin Callan has said the loss of parking facilities at the Car Park should not be permanent and needs to be reviewed on the basis that the town centre is losing far too many locations.

Cllr Callan also said that the location of what could effectively be a private car park will prevent the public at any future date from being able to view the largest surviving section of the town wall.

Funds have been provided to many towns to preserve their old town walls. If this location is closed off there will be no opportunity to see this long section of the wall brought back to its complete state.

Cllr Callan has sought clarification from the OPW and Louth County Council as to what the long term objective is and also to clarify if disabled parking will be made available immediately beside the car park.

“We also have a very heavily used recycling facility that will now have to be relocated” he said. “I have asked Louth County Council to identify a location and this is currently being done.”

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