Forward planning on Clanbrassil Street welcome
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.