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Falmouth paid parking to ease traffic, raise funds

Published:Friday | February 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer

Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny:

Following in the vein of many parish councils which have, over the last two years, implemented traffic controls, paid parking has become a reality for motorists in sections of Falmouth.

Paid parking, which was initiated on February 1, will be in effect Mondays to Saturdays. Parking will be free to the public on Sundays and public holidays.

A fee of $50 per hour is being charged from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on the designated days.

Among the roads listed for paid parking are Lower Parade Street, Georges Street, Market Street, Water Square (town centre of Falmouth), Trelawny Street, Cornwall Street, Seaboard Street, Officers Alley and King Street.

Distribution points

Initially, parking passes are available at the Trelawny Parish Council, Best Choice Pharmacy and Micro Beeps in Falmouth. The number of parking-pass distributors will be increased for easy access.

Violators will have their vehicles clamped and be forced to pay a fine of $2,000.

Meanwhile, Falmouth Mayor Colin Gager has welcomed the new parking arrangements for the Trelawny capital, saying the system would ease traffic congestion.

Getting feedback

Gager said that over the next two weeks the Trelawny Parish Council would be embarking on a series of meetings with Falmouth businesspersons and residents for feedback on the parking initiative.

The mayor said the system would assist in generating well-needed revenue for the Trelawny Parish Council.