Dungarvan Leader Friday, 28 April 2023
Calls For More Disabled Parking In Dungarvan
The Waterford Disability Network has launched a campaign calling for additional disabled parking spaces in Dungarvan. Following a survey of disabled parking in the town, it was found that the number of spaces in Dungarvan falls short of the Irish Wheelchair Association’s recommended minimum.
Members of the Waterford Disability Network committee recently met with local Councillors Pat Nugent, Declan Doocey, and Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh in Dungarvan to discuss the issue.
Speaking after the meeting, Críostóir Ó Faoláin, who is leading the campaign with Waterford Disability Network said: “Parking has been an issue in the town for a long time, but no matter what way you look at it parking in the town centre will always be limited. The least we can do is make sure that the people who need it most have access to parking in the town centre. An able-bodied person like myself can walk a little further to get where I’m going, but not everyone has that option. We can and should make at least the minimum number of disabled parking spaces available in our town centre.”
Críostóir Ó Faoláin added “We are calling for a full review of disabled parking in the town centre to be carried out, and for a plan to ensure that progress is made in providing at least the minimum number of disabled parking spaces by redesignating 27 parking spaces around the town as disabled parking.”
The group has started a petition, available on the WDN Facebook page, to invite people to show their support for their campaign. Over 100 people have signed the petition to date, including over 50 businesses located in Dungarvan town centre.