KCC re­view of Mall’s no car pol­icy

PUB­LIC AND BUSI­NESSES ASKED FOR FEED­BACK ON PEDESTRIANISATION

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

AS the an­niver­sary of the re­fur­bished Mall’s of­fi­cial open­ing ap­proaches Kerry County Coun­cil (KCC) have com­menced its promised re­view of traf­fic ar­range­ments on the street.

Since De­cem­ber 2017 The Mall has been closed to all traf­fic from 10.30am to 6pm daily.

While the pedestrianisation has proved pop­u­lar – and was sup­ported by a ma­jor­ity ahead of its in­tro­duc­tion – it has not been uni­ver­sally wel­comed with sev­eral town cen­tre busi­nesses and many taxi driv­ers op­posed to the new ar­range­ments.

When the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District coun­cil at Kerry County Coun­cil voted to ap­prove the Mall’s pedestrianisation it was on con­di­tion that the de­ci­sion be re­viewed af­ter nine months.

That process has now of­fi­cially started and the lo­cal au­thor­ity are now invit­ing sub­mis­sions from mem­bers of the pub­lic and traders as part of an ‘in­for­mal’ con­sul­ta­tion process.

“At the time the pedestrianisation was in­tro­duced KCC com­mit­ted to re­view­ing the mat­ter af­ter nine months and to in­vite feed­back from the com­mu­nity on how the sys­tem was work­ing. We are now en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one, busi­nesses and the gen­eral pub­lic, to have their say on how well the pedestrianisation is op­er­at­ing,” said a KCC spokesper­son.

Mayor of Tralee Cllr Gra­ham Spring (Lab) is en­cour­ag­ing as many people as pos­si­ble to take part and giver their opin­ions on the suc­cess or oth­er­wise of the new traf­fic sys­tem.

“When we voted last Novem­ber to in­tro­duce the cur­rent sys­tem of pedestrianisation on the Mall, we made a firm com­mit­ment to re­view it af­ter nine months to as­sess the im­pact on mo­torists, pedes­tri­ans, shop­pers and busi­nesses. Now we would like to hear what the people of Tralee and fur­ther afield think,” Said Mayor Spring.

“This is an in­for­mal con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic but I hope that people will en­gage with it be­fore we de­cide on the fu­ture pedestrianisation sys­tem which might ap­ply in The Mall,” he said.

Any­one with a sub­mis­sion, com­ment or ob­ser­va­tion should e-mail traleemu­nic­i­pald­is­trict@ker­rycoco.ie us­ing ‘The Mall’ in the mes­sage line or write to the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District Of­fi­cer, Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District, Princes’ Quay, Tralee be­fore the dead­line of Fri­day, Septem­ber 28.

The re­fur­bished Mall in Tralee

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