Tralee Mall to re­main pedes­trian

COUN­CIL­LORS VOTE TO KEEP STREET FREE OF TRAF­FIC DUR­ING THE DAY

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - TRALEE FOCUS - By SI­MON BROUDER

AS was widely ex­pected Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil­lors have voted to keep the newly re­fur­bished Mall free of mo­tor traf­fic dur­ing the day.

The de­ci­sion to pedes­tri­anise The Mall and Bridge Street from 10.30am to 6.30pm was ap­proved by coun­cil­lors at a special meet­ing of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District coun­cil on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Dur­ing these times de­liv­er­ies to and from busi­nesses will be fa­cil­i­tated through load­ing bays at Bridge Street (close to Shaws and just north of the junc­tion with Dom­nick Street) and on Denny Street (near the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel).

Be­fore 10.30am and af­ter 6.30pm de­liv­er­ies can be made via load­ing bays on The Mall.

Taxis will be al­lowed op­er­ate from a four space rank on The Mall be­tween 7pm and 7am.

While some busi­nesses on The Mall and in the wider town cen­tre area were against the street’s pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion the pro­posal had wide­spread back­ing from the pub­lic and the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

A Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance (TCA) sur­vey on the pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion plan showed clear sup­port for the mea­sure.

Of the 84 TCA mem­bers who re­sponded to the sur­vey 52 were in favour of full pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion dur­ing busi­ness hours while 15 were agree­able to par­tial pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion (at week­ends only or solely on week­days).

John Locke also pre­sented Kerry County Coun­cil with 191 in­di­vid­u­ally signed and stan­dard­ised sub­mis­sions from mem­bers of the pub­lic who were in favour of the pro­posal.

A num­ber of busi­nesses ex­pressed reser­va­tions or out­right op­po­si­tion to the pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion pro­posal.

These in­cluded Quin­lans Fish Shop; John Fitzger­ald’s Jew­ellers; The Mall Tav­ern and Hugh Cul­loty’s Ex­pert Elec­tri­cal all made sub­mis­sions declar­ing that they op­posed the pro­posal to ban day time traf­fic.

CH Chemists said they were in favour pro­vided it was only in­tro­duced for a 12 month trial pe­riod to ex­am­ine the long term im­pact on busi­ness.

Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil­lors who were at Fri­day’s meet­ing voted unan­i­mously in favour of pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion with the strict pro­viso that a full re­view is car­ried out by Septem­ber 1, 2017. Cllr Jim Fin­u­cane (FG) could not at­tend the vote due to a fam­ily be­reave­ment.

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