Complaints about cars parking on footpaths in Mountmellick have been replaced with complaints about too many parking tickets.
The new Laois Offaly Chief Supt John Scanlon likened the request to sort out illegal parking as “turkeys voting for Christmas” at last week’s follow up JPC meeting with local councillors.
“There is a balance to be struck between what we do for you and what you do for yourselves. The last thing we want to do is visit law on people,” he said.
At the previous JPC meeting in September, a resident of Lord Edward Street made complaints about people parking on the footpath. Inspector Martin Harrington said he deployed the traffic corps who duly ticketed the offending cars.
“I was asked for it to be dealt with and it was. A number of people have appealed as they are entitled to do, and I have the discretion to decide on those,” he said.
Cllr Ollie Payne said the bye laws committee had “intense” discussions on parking in the town.
“I gave out about people parking their cars against the wall, they should leave the width of a wheelchair,” he said.
Chief Supt Scanlon asked for tolerance all around.
“The alternative is to come out here and wallpaper the place with parking tickets, it’s like turkeys voting for Christmas. ” he said.