People in Tramore will get the chance to have their say on big changes planned for the town centre tomorrow.
Plans which are out for public consultation at the moment include partial pedestrianisation of main street, new roundabouts and a new one-way system.
The changes will be rolled out over a number of years at a cost of approximately one to two million euros.
An information briefing will be held in the library in Tramore this Wednesday between 3 and 7pm.
Cllr Eamon Quinlan who represents the area says all are welcome to come and talk to the Council’s planners and architects then.
The changes will be brought in over several phases. There are two roundabouts planned – one at the top of Patrick Street and one at the junction with Queen Street. The area between Cahills and the Vee Bistro would be pedestrianised, and traffic would be routed down little Market street.
A wall behind the Grand Hotel, beside the library, would be knocked through to give access to the back of the Supervalu carpark.
Eamon Quinlan says it’s the beginning of a process to revitalise Tramore town centre but some of the businesses have already raised concerns in relation to the plans:
“The pedestrianisation of a certain section of the Main St because it’s more of a hill, it doesn’t lend itself well to being a public square like you’d see in Red Square in the city unless businesses build a level platform outside, but that’s obviously expensive. Also there’s an issue with the centre of gravity of the town – is Main St still the main street of the town or have you pushed it over into other areas?”