There is a new proposed development in Tipperary town for the construction of a civic plaza around the statue of Charles Kickham and the creation of a one-way traffic system running north to south on Kickham Street.
The proposal aims to improve the appearance of the street providing an attractive pedestrian friendly area from the River Ara to the Main Street, connecting with the pedestrian friendly area extending through the banks and the Market Yard in Tipperary Town.
The new proposal by Cashel Tipperary Municipal District council is to narrow the carriageway lanes allowing for one way traffic only and therefore provide a high quality civic plaza. The area will include planting and street furniture around the statue of Charles Kickham, thereby protecting the monument and providing an attractive civic space. This will in turn enhance and widen the pedestrian footways extending from this plaza to the Link Road adjoining the River Ara.
The Tipperary TIRD Chamber of Commerce is happy with the proposed works. “After many years of discussions and planning to develop an area of civic focus in the town centre we welcome this planned development which will hopefully help generate a greater footfall into the very centre of town and improve the visitors and locals experience,” said Tim Ryan, Tird. “It will also, in our view, present a central area for events such as the switching on of the Christmas lights, band recitals, events train the annual festival, St. Patrick's day and other events. Considering the large traffic volumes experienced in this area, such a development can only help improve public safety and enjoyment. We also commend the authority for the foresight and planning for the future potential pedestrian linkages from the Excel centre through the market yard and Kickham Street to the river Arra and its proposed walkway.”
Shane Kelly, Chairperson of the Tipperary TIRD Chamber of commerce is hopeful the new proposed plan will bring life back into the centre of the town. “The view from Kickham Street to the south is quite remarkable with the Abbey School in the foreground and the Galtee mountains in the background, but in recent years the trees along the riverbank have obstructed view which is in fact a protected view. The Abbey School has expressed a wish to have these trees removed or reduced in height but they do you not have the funds to carry out such work. Perhaps the authority can look at ways that this work could be incorporated into the proposed Kickham Street development? With the development of out-of-town retail centres in recent years, initiatives such as this will help to attract new businesses, visitors and shoppers back into the town centre and help commercial enterprises bearing which have struggled for many years.”
Local businesses that are opposed to the plaza will be holding a meeting in the coming week to discuss the proposed plan.
Plans and particulars of the proposed works will be available for inspection on the county council website (www.tipperarycoco.ie) or you can obtain a copy at the Tipperary County Council Cashel Tipperary Municipal District Office from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday for a period from January 7, 2016 to February 25th excluding public holidays submissions. Observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the web in which the works will be situated, may be made in writing to Marie McGivern District Administrator at Cashel Tipperary Municipal District civic offices no later than 4.30pm Tuesday, March 15.
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"The chamber is in support of any project that will attract people to the town centre however they do understand there are concerns and questions from businesses in town about the Kickham Plaza proposal and The Tipperary T I RD chamber would hope that the submissions and concerns will be considered carefully by the Cashel Tipperary municipal county council before any final decisions are made.