A council in Ireland is looking at whether to install 67 security bollards to prevent illegal parking in a town centre.

Wicklow County Council is considering making the Main Street car park in Rathdrum a parking-free zone by removing 55 to 60 parking spaces and replacing them with bollards.

However, local businesses are worried that the move would ruin their trade in the area as people have nowhere to park their cars, reports the Wicklow People.

Councillor Pat Casey told the news provider that he understands people's frustration because news of changes has been scarce.

"The big problem is there was no public consultation. Even the public representatives didn't know anything until we were presented with plans at an area meeting on Monday," he said.

"I understand people's anger. If that was me I'd be up in arms as well."

Wakefield could also see greater use of parking barriers as the council reviews car parking charges during the first hour, which was previously free at Pugneys Country Park.

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