One of the signs that appeared overnight in Dominic Street.
Confusion reigned among Dominic Street residents and traders this morning after the council erected signs saying that their street was to be closed for 16 weeks from next Monday, April 16th.
None of the businesses or houses/apartments had been informed in advance of the closure prior to the signs appearing yesterday evening and, needless to say, they weren’t best pleased.
“This street is the gateway and through road to an already difficult town to access” said Jennifer Hickey who is the proprietor of WePrint.ie
“From next Monday, it is apparent, that no deliveries to or collections from businesses, no taxis or buses which a lot of people rely on, no through traffic, no customer parking, will be allowed in Abbey car park or Dominic Street” Jennifer said.
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“We have all co-operated with the closure of Abbey Car Park for the building of the Court House, the current parking issues in Drogheda town and the closure of the old fire station parking on Scarlett St.”
“It’s shocking” said the Dao Noodle Box, “I never heard anything. It’s going to be disaster for us as we depend on deliveries and collections.
Enquiries and phone calls were made all morning to find out just what was going on and a meeting was arranged for tomorrow evening, Wednesday 11th April, in the Dominican Priory at 8.30pm, with Councillor Frank Godfrey in the chair.
Shortly after lunch a statement was issued from Louth County Council saying that Dominic Street would not be closing tomorrow and the signs that had been the cause of so much confusion would be removed this afternoon with new information signage to be erected in due course.
“While sewage system upgrade works are beginning soon, it is planned to maintain traffic flows at all times with only some bus stops and parking bays being suspended during the 16 week works period” the Council said.
"Consultations with An Garda Siochána have begun and all local businesses will receive letters from the contractor acting on behalf of Irish Water in the coming days."
So there you have it, one thing is for sure and that is that more traffic chaos will follow.
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