The plan to revamp the streetscape of Carrick-on-Suir's Sean Kelly Square and West Gate with important amendments to provide parking for local businesses and their customers was unanimously approved at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District's monthly meeting last Thursday.
Councillors gave the green light for the public realm plan to be approved planning permission after vital changes to the blueprint were made following consultations with traders based in the Square and Westgate. The Co. Council's next move is to apply for funding to implement the facelift of the Square and Westgate, which it's estimated will cost €600,000.
The finalised plan now proposes parallel parking be allowed on the north side of Sean Kelly Square where Marty's Pantry is located and that it be maximised. It also provides for a loading bay and disabled parking on the south side of the Square.
The removal of two parking spaces at the Westgate in front of Kehoe's Butchers is still proposed but the Council has agreed to carry out a road safety audit to see if any of the spaces can be retained. Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke requested at last Thursday's Municipal District meeting that the audit be carried out by independent experts and this was agreed.
The public realm plan originally proposed to remove all nine parking spaces from Sean Kelly Square and two parking spaces from the junction of Bridge Street and the Westgate with no provision for loading bays or disabled parking.
But traders warned councillors that the removal of 100% of parking from the Square and Westgate would damage their businesses and lead to job losses.
Read full story including reactions from public representatives and a Sean Kelly Square trader to the decision in this week’s edition of The Nationalist now in shops.