No clos­ing Lau­rence’s Gate - yet!

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

IT COULD be the end of May be­fore a re­port on the pro­posed clo­sure of St Lau­rence’s Gate will now be ready.

It was re­vealed at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing at Bar­low House that ‘due to cir­cum­stances be­yond the con­trol of the coun­cil’ the re­port is still be­ing worked on.

Coun­cil­lors were in broad agree­ment that the gate should be closed, but it all de­pends on an ap­pro­pri­ate traf­fic man­age­ment plan be­ing put in place.

Cllr Pio Smith re­marked on the traf­fic plan which came with the present pro­posal to re-route traf­fic around the gate and felt that a plan, de­vised in 2012, was much more wide-rang­ing and in­cluded re­vers­ing the flow of traf­fic on Shop Street.

He felt the peo­ple who drew that up should be con­sulted as well, to make sure the best over­all de­ci­sion is made.

Two mem­bers of the ‘Close The Gate’ cam­paign made a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion to the coun­cil in which they high­lighted the ‘ best ex­am­ple of a Bar­bican Gate’ in Europe.

Ann McVeigh said it was an iconic sym­bol of the town’s rich her­itage, but vis­i­tors were risk­ing ‘ life and limb’ to get a pic­ture of it.

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