The council announced yesterday that the contract to manage the parking metres and the blue zones is going to be put out for public tender soon. The council, however, claims that it has not taken the decision to raise extra funds for its coffers.
According to leading council sources, the move has been made to raise much needed funding to improve parking facilities in the busy blue zone areas, especially those in the tourist resorts. The idea is that it will make front line traffic more fluid and also end any confusion holiday makers may have, council spokesperson Cristina Tugores explained.
No more blue zones are going to be introduced but drivers will have to pay to park in them between 9.30am and 1.30pm and then 4.30pm and 8pm from Monday to Friday and between 9.30am and 1pm on Saturdays until October 31.
The council is also considering lengthening the time drivers can park for.
The local authority is likely to prolong the stay from 90 minutes to two-and-a-half hours to make it easier for people to manage their time.
The ORA parking metres were first introduced by the Socialist led council in 2002, causing a great deal of controversy and angering residents.
After the 2003 local elections, the ORA was scrapped but now it is going to be introduced but the PP-led council is confident the move will not upset the local community.