For­ward plan­ning on Clan­bras­sil Street wel­come

The Argus - - NEWS -

LOUTH County Coun­cil were com­mended for the for­ward plan­ning shown ahead of works be­gin­ning for the Clan­bras­sil Street and Church Street re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Cllr. Anne Camp­bell praised the lo­cal au­thor­ity for the publi­ca­tion of new traf­fic ar­range­ments in the last week.

She asked of­fi­cials how con­crete the plans were for the pro­posed one way sys­tem ex­pected to be put in place dur­ing the ma­jor works pro­gramme.

She also asked for a broad public­ity cam­paign around the planned works, to in­form peo­ple com­ing into the town, es­pe­cially those who might not have come across lo­cal me­dia or so­cial me­dia posts from Dun­dalk.

Di­rec­tor of Service, Frank Pentony told mem­bers that the on way sys­tem was the rec­om­men­da­tion. But he added that a con­trac­tor had not yet been ap­pointed for the pro­gramme. He also said the lo­cal au­thor­ity were invit­ing sub­mis­sions.

Chair­man, Cllr. Conor Kee­lan said he also shared con­cerns about the pro­posed one way sys­tem.

He added that with park­ing set to be re­duced, it was also im­por­tant to pri­ori­tise avail­able spa­ces for cus­tomers of shops and busi­nesses in the area.

The Chair­man warned that works ve­hi­cles should not be park­ing along the street, but rather keep­ing ve­hi­cles off street.

Mean­while, Cllr. John McGa­hon asked about any up­dates on the ‘Queens Ho­tel’ build­ing at Earl Street.

‘We are talk­ing about rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing our main thor­ough­fare, and yet we are go­ing to have a land­mark build­ing which is an eye­sore at one end of it.’

He ap­pealed for ac­tion on the build­ing, say­ing that it had been ‘sit­ting for the last decade with noth­ing done.’

‘We should be do­ing the same thing here as with the CPO’s of houses, and bring­ing peo­ple back to live in the town cen­tre.’

Di­rec­tor of Service, Frank Pentony said there were on­go­ing le­gal is­sues.

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