Bridge Street not in project
THE decision not to include Bridge Street in the new Clanbrassil Street and St. Nicholas Quarter Rejuvenation Scheme was criticised at the November meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District Committee.
A presentation to members by architect’s BDP, saw transformative plans unveiled for Clanbrassil Street and Church Street.
But councillors heard that the plans do not extend to St. Nicholas church, as not enough funds are available to include it in the ambitious rejuvenation scheme.
Gareth Maguire, Architect Director at BDP, said that the plans were to ‘continue with the quality achieved in Market Square’ adding ‘ We want to create a platform for a townscape that improves over time.’
He said plans were still in the consultation phase, but that the project would not involve pedestrianisation of Clanbrassil Street as ‘ the town is simply too small for that.’
Instead, there were proposals to widen the pavement areas and marginally reduce the carriageway.
The project also aims to ‘ transform’ Church Street into a ‘pedestrian friendly environment’ and upgrade all crossings.
But the decision not to include Bridge Street in the plans was criticised by a number of councillors.
Cllr. Mark Dearey said it was time to consider rejuvenating Bridge Street, with one option being above shop living, accommodation which could be used to house students.
Director of Services Frank Pentony said the aim was to create a ‘ wow’ factor, and they intended to use the money wisely to transform Clanbrassil Street and Church Street up to St. Nicholas Church.
He accepted ‘something different has to be done’ with Bridge Street, but added that funding available for this project is not likely to stretch that far.
Cllr. Anne Campbell asked ‘ Why not start in Bridge Street?’ adding that if the ‘wow’ factor was being sought, this northern end of the town was a gateway ‘ both a way in, and way out of the town.’
Cllr. Marianne Butler agreed, saying that there had to be a plan for Bridge Street.
Frank Pentony said that there could a ‘vision’ drawn up for Bridge Street, which if additional funding was made available could be looked at.
Proposed works from Clanbrassil Street are to stop at St Nicholas’ Church.