A Waterford city councillor says the local authority is losing up to 48 thousand euro in parking charges because of the Winterval ice rink.
The attraction has been in the Waterside car park since the start of November.
Fianna Fáil’s Jason Murphy says a different location should be found for the ice rink.
He says the council is losing over 100 parking spaces, which is 800 euro a day at full capacity, which over ten weeks the Council
is losing over 48 thousand euro.
Fergus Galvin is a Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council.
He says the ice rink needs to be in a central location with a large footfall.
Before, he says the Council were renting space from the Port of Waterford Company on the Quay, and paying them a rental in respect of their lost car parking income.
Winteval Festival Director, Tommie Ryan told WLR News that the rink is a “brilliant attraction” and understands the logic of putting it in the Gasworks car park.
“The space is there in addition to what was in the City before, so it doesn’t hurt so much taking those spaces,” however he says that concerns over parking should be kept in mind to allow as many visitors as possible to park in the city centre over Winterval.