A thirty minute free parking period in the villages of South Dublin County, including Rathfarnham, Templeogue and Tallaght is to be introduced from Monday 7th April for a trial period of six months......
For drivers who wish to avail of the 30 minute free period no action is necessary and no ticket purchase is required, but drivers must pay as normal to extend their parking beyond 30 minutes.
The free thirty minutes applies in the following areas of Rathfarnham: Main St., Wolfe Tone Terrace, Village Court, Old Butterfield Ave (Permanent TSB etc), Paper Shop at Yellow House, Rathfarnham Castle Car Park, St. Mary's Avenue. It does not apply at Dodderdale.
Following the commencement of the 30 minutes free parking period South Dublin County Council will gather data to determine the success of the of the 30 minutes free parking in relation to supporting footfall in commercial areas through parking space occupancy, availability and turnover.
This is great news for visitors to the villages and also for traders who are competing against free parking in other trading and retail centres throughout the county. Some traders have expressed reservations, however, built into the arrangement is a review period and the Council has the capacity to monitor the effect of the change to a thirty minute free period on a daily basis. Happy shopping and do let me know what you think.