Illegal parking unfair on Bishop Birch residents

Cllr Andrew McGuinness
A local Councillor has this week lashed out at Kilkenny County Council for allowing the ‘continuation of illegal parking of caravans at the entrance to a city housing scheme.’

A local Councillor has this week lashed out at Kilkenny County Council for allowing the ‘continuation of illegal parking of caravans at the entrance to a city housing scheme.’

Cllr Andrew McGuinness said he has called on the council to ‘take preventative measures to stop the illegal parking on the Hebron Road, outside commercial premises and at the entrance to Bishop Birch Place where the issue has been ongoing for many years.’

“This happens every single year and it is unfair on the residents, many of whom pay a rent to Kilkenny County Council, and to the business owners who pay their rates and who are already struggling in the current climate. This is not a camp site and it is against the law to park there so I cannot understand why this is a reoccurring problem for so many years,” said Andrew.

“I believe there are two issues here, the first is the fact that residents and business operators should not be forced to tolerate this and the second issue is the fact that we have a family or families living by the roadside with nowhere they can call home and that is a serious health and safety concern. Both need to be urgently addressed,” he said.

“If the family are a local family and not simply ‘passing through’ as is often the case, then the housing section need to ensure they are relocated to a suitable site as a matter of urgency,” he said.