Cham­ber wants ev­ery­one to have their say on Mall

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TRALEE Cham­ber Al­liance is run­ning twin sur­veys aimed at en­sur­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble take part in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process on coun­cil pro­pos­als to pedes­tri­anise The Mall and on the lo­ca­tion of taxi ranks in the town cen­tre.

For the last week the Cham­ber Al­liance has been cir­cu­lat­ing a ques­tion­naire to busi­nesses in the town with a view to max­imis­ing the num­ber of re­sponses to the con­sul­ta­tion process re­gard­ing the plans for The Mall and Bridge Street.

Kerry County Coun­cil has pro­posed that The Mall and Bridge Street East are pedes­tri­anised from Mon­day to Sun­day be­tween 10.30am and 6.30pm, 12 months of the year.

The Pres­i­dent of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance, Ai­dan Kelly, said the Cham­ber Al­liance is keen to en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble have their say on the is­sue.

“We want to make sure that all busi­nesses in town know about the con­sul­ta­tion process re­gard­ing the pro­posed pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of The Mall and Bridge Street. Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance will be a con­duit for its mem­bers and non-mem­bers who wish to make a sub­mis­sion on the pro­pos­als,” said Mr Kelly.

“We will pass the ques­tion­naires in full to Kerry County Coun­cil. The views sub­mit­ted will be en­tirely those of the busi­nesses who com­plete the ques­tion­naires and will not rep­re­sent the views of Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance as an or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Mr Kelly said.

The Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance sur­vey, which in­cludes a map of the area in ques­tion and points re­lat­ing to de­liv­er­ies, will give busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to say if they are fully or partly in favour of the pro­posal or to out­line any ob­jec­tions they may have to the plan.

Busi­nesses will need to re­turn the com­pleted ques­tion­naire to Tralee Cham­ber Al­liance, 18 Denny Street by this Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13.

The ques­tion­naires will then be passed to Kerry County Coun­cil in full be­fore 5pm on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 23 which is the clos­ing date for the Pub­lic Con­sul­ta­tion process. Mean­while, di­rect rep­re­sen­ta­tions in re­la­tion to the pro­posal may be made in writ­ing and marked Sec­tion 38 – Bridge Street / The Mall, di­rectly to the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Op­er­a­tions Cap­i­tal In­fra­struc­ture and Safety Depart­ment, Room 115, Kerry County Coun­cil, County Build­ings, Rathass, Tralee and these must be re­ceived by 5pm on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 23.

All re­spon­dents are ad­vised that their com­ments will be avail­able to be read un­der re­quests made through the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

A sim­i­lar Cham­ber Al­liance ques­tion­naire re­lat­ing to Kerry County Coun­cil’s pro­pos­als for the lo­ca­tion of taxi ranks in the town cen­tre will be cir­cu­lated to busi­nesses over the com­ing days and the re­sponses will again be for­warded to Kerry County Coun­cil.

Mean­while the Tralee Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion is cur­rently col­lect­ing sig­na­tures for a pe­ti­tion ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to back their calls for 24 hour ranks on The Mall, Denny Street and Bridge Street.

The newly re­fur­bished Mall.

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