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“Cluttered street space will have negative effect” says Cllr Donal Grady

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CONCERN: Cllr Donal Grady fears temporary measures by the Council will lead to long-term pedestrianisation of Killarney town centre. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Sean Moriarty

 

A long-serving councillor has warned that the temporary footpath widening, put in place to allow social-distancing, is a covert way to extend pedestrianisation in Killarney.

In July, to allow the town centre reopen following the national shut down, Kerry County Council extended the width of footpaths in several town centre locations.

Cllr Donal Grady says he is at odds with the Council’s decision concerning the widening of footpaths and the reasons stated.

The entire project is supposed to be a temporary arrangement to allow social distancing while there is still a threat of COVID-19 in the country.

“The town will be desecrated,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is OK now, we have plenty of visitors around, but mark my words, come September, when the season is over, the town centre will be dead.”

However, these ’temporary’ works have been installed in such a fashion that it would require a lot of money and work to restore them to pre-social distancing times. The restoration works would involve breaking out new tarmac and kerbing, and the streets would then need full resurfacing.

The widened footpaths have been decorated with large flower paths, effectively, reducing the width of the path to their previous size and some wider pavements are now being used as parking bays for motorcycles.

“It is a way of sneaking in pedestrianisation,” he added. “The elected councillors were not consulted. We had no say in the matter,” added Grady. “This is going to kill the town centre. Locals will go to Tralee and Castleisland to shop and we will lose everything.”

Additionally, Plunkett St has been closed to traffic since early July. The town centre street had a long-running arrangement where it is pedestrianised every day between the hours of 7pm and 7am and this scheme has divided the Council for years. This has been further extended to 24hrs – until September – to allow social distancing on the narrow street.

While some elected members are pushing to increase pedestrianisation on the streets and to other areas in the town centre, Mr O’Grady is amongst those against the idea stating that businesses are suffering due to restricted passing trade. He will bring the issue up again at next month’s Killarney Municipal District meeting.

There has been an increased level of outdoor dining in the town centre since the country started to reopen in late June and early July and while Grady welcomed this as a short-term solution to help businesses get back on their feet, he warned that long-term, the cluttered street space will have a negative effect on the town centre.

“We are not living in Portugal,” said Mr Grady, who added that the temporary arrangements have come at the cost of over 50 parking spaces in the town. “We have been shouting about parking issues for years.”
The Council have been contacted for a comment.

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Fat dissolving injections target stubborn areas

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests. They are […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

It may sound too good to be true but fat dissolving injections are as effective as the name suggests.

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Classic tractor drivers to embark on 400km drive to Killarney

By Sean Moriarty Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors. They are participating in the annual […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Six members of the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will set out from County Meath on Wednesday on vintage tractors.

They are participating in the annual Eastern Vintage Club’s Ring of Kerry Tractor Run which is raising funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over 50 vintage tractors, including the six Killarney examples, will leave Nobber in County Meath at lunchtime on Wednesday.

After an overnight stop in the midlands on Wednesday night and Newcastle West on Thursday night, the tractors are expected in Killarney town centre just after lunchtime on Friday.

The ‘spectacular show’, now a regular feature of the Killarney summer, will bring the town to a standstill for around one hour.

On Saturday morning the group will depart Tony Wharton’s farm in Fossa before a nine-hour drive around the Ring of Kerry.

The run will finish with a spectacular drive through the Gap of Dunloe.

“We hope to pass through town around 3.30pm on Friday,” said local organiser, Tom Wharton, who is one of the six Killarney-based drivers who will undertake the 400km journey from County Meath to Killarney. “It is always a spectacular show.”

On arrival in Killarney, tractors will be joined by a group of classic cars that will depart Nobber at 9am that morning.

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