Tem­ple­shan­non plan ‘un­work­able’

CON­CERNED PAR­TIES TO PRESENT AL­TER­NA­TIVE PLAN TO ONE-WAY SYS­TEM

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

BUSI­NESS­PEO­PLE and res­i­dents of the Tem­ple­shan­non area are to join forces in op­po­si­tion to Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s plans to make the area one-way.

The plans were pro­posed un­der the Tem­ple­shan­non Re­gen­er­a­tion Pro­gramme and would mean that traf­fic could only move down Tem­ple­shan­non to­wards the quay, with traf­fic com­ing from the West side of town over the old bridge be­ing di­verted up around Spring­val­ley and back down the Shan­non.

An al­ter­na­tive plan is al­ready said to have the com­plete back­ing of En­nis­cor­thy Cham­ber, with de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jimmy Ga­han say­ing: ‘ The feel­ing is that in it’s present form, the plan for Tem­ple­shan­non is un­work­able.’

AN Emer­gency meet­ing re­gard­ing the con­tro­ver­sial one-way sys­tem com­ing down the tracks as part of the Tem­ple­shan­non Re­gen­er­a­tion plans, is to be held in Treacy’s Ho­tel tonight (Tues­day). The ini­tial plans for the re­gen­er­a­tion of the area in­cluded a widen­ing of foot­paths and the cre­ation of an im­proved pedes­trian en­vi­ron­ment, some­thing which ne­ces­si­tated Tem­ple­shan­non be­ing made one-way.

It was de­cided that the best way of do­ing this was to have traf­fic com­ing down from Tem­ple­shan­non onto the quay and with traf­fic com­ing off the Old Bridge no longer able to ac­cess Tem­ple­shan­non di­rectly. In­stead, any­one wish­ing to ac­cess this side of town would have to head along the quay, up Spring­val­ley and back down the Shan­non.

A con­cerned group of res­i­dents, headed up by Ea­monn Doyle, are stat­ing that the plan for the one-way sys­tem, ap­proved by the coun­cil, is ‘com­pletely in­fea­si­ble’ and will re­sult in traf­fic chaos at that side of town. In an open let­ter that was cir­cu­lated ahead of tonight’s meet­ing, Ea­monn pointed out that the planned one-way sys­tem would re­sult in traf­fic look­ing to gain ac­cess to Tem­ple­shan­non from the west side of En­nis­cor­thy would have to drive an ex­tra mile and join traf­fic from four schools - St Se­nan’s, Coláiste Bríde, the Gaelscoil and the new St Patrick’s Spe­cial School - as well as St Se­nan’s Church and the lo­cal supermarket.

‘ There seems to be a fair bit of op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed one way sys­tem,’ Ea­monn said. ‘I got in­volved af­ter I went to the pub­lic dis­play in the li­brary and I met with a few lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple and started the con­ver­sa­tion. A few of these busi­ness peo­ple spent a bit of money to come up with an al­ter­na­tive plan, which we feel would rep­re­sent a much bet­ter so­lu­tion.’

While full de­tails will be re­vealed at tonight’s meet­ing, the plan ba­si­cally en­tails cre­at­ing a slip road at the end of the old bridge, which would pass through where the Water­front car park is cur­rently and join up with the Tem­ple­shan­non road via a round­about.

‘ The coun­cil have al­ready voted in favour of the plan in front of them, but all we’re ask­ing for is the op­por­tu­nity to present an al­ter­na­tive,’ Ea­monn said. ‘I think some of the coun­cil­lors would be in favour of it and I think the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents in the area are hugely in favour of the al­ter­na­tive.’

Tonight’s meet­ing will get un­der­way at 8 p.m. dur­ing which de­tails of the counter-pro­posal will be given, along with a pre­sen­ta­tion from town planner Ian Doyle on the im­pact the orig­i­nal pro­posal would have on the area if im­ple­mented.

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