Wine Street car park to get new sur­face

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

NE­GO­TI­AT­ING your shop­ping trol­ley around the pot­holes in Wine Street car park will soon be a thing of the past.

The Coun­cil has de­cided to carry out resur­fac­ing works, which may also in­volve changes to the lay­out and circulation routes of the car park.

The works are planned to be­gin mid- Oc­to­ber and fin­ish by Hal­loween.

It’s on foot of two mo­tions by Cllrs Marie Casserly and Thomas Healy, who both called for works to be car­ried out in Wine Street car park.

Cllr Marie Casserly said it was cur­rently very dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate the pot­holes with a trol­ley, es­pe­cially if it was wet or shop­pers were with chil­dren.

“It’s also tough for wheel­chair users bring out their gro­ceries. It needs to be looked at ur­gently,” she said.

Cllr Thomas Healy said that in the Coun­cil’s de­fence, there was meant to be a new devel­op­ment built in Wine Street Car Park and this had pre­vented them from start­ing any works there.

“It’s most wel­come that some works will be done, it’s very dif­fi­cult for pram-push­ers like my­self,” he said.

Coun­cil of­fi­cial Brian Flynn con­ceded that any works car­ried out in the car park this year will be “min­i­mal enough due to bud­getary con­straints.”

He said they in­tended break­ing out a con­crete is­land and re­plac­ing it to give cars more room to ma­noeu­vre.

He said their fo­cus will be on the car park area out­side Pen­neys first.

Cllr Tom MacSharry wel­comed the news, say­ing that the car park sur­face was “quite dan­ger­ous.”

Cllr Sinead Maguire also wel­comed the news and sup­ported the mo­tions.

“It is quite dan­ger­ous and I’m only sur­prised there hasn’t been an ac­ci­dent there al­ready,” she said.

Mr Flynn said the tim­ing of the works was a “ma­jor con­sid­er­a­tion” and it was be­lieved that the best time would be mid-late Oc­to­ber.

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