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Friday, 22nd May 2020

Council’s poor communication on one-way footpaths criticised

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Bollards that mysteriously appeared in what used to be a loading bay in Laurence Street.

Mayor calls for public awareness campaign on Drogheda’s town centre social distancing

Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell has criticised Louth County Council for their poor communications around plans to implement social distancing measures in Drogheda town centre which include making some footpaths one-way only.

Calling on the Council to initiate a public information campaign on their plans as a matter of urgency, Bell said that the first any of the Councillors knew about the proposal was via a Council “Zoom” briefing on Tuesday of last week which was followed by an emailed map of the plan on Thursday. (see our story)

“According to the email issued by Council, phase one of the social distancing plan which involves placing plastic bollards being installed on some roadways in the town centre so as to widen the footpaths at North Quay and Laurence Street.

“Markings will also be sprayed on footpaths and roads clearly indicating which is a two way pedestrian walkway and which is a single way.

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“Council has also confirmed that businesses are aware of the works which have already commenced and are fully supportive of the initiative” said the Mayor

Mayor Bell said that while he accepted that everything must be done to ensure social distancing as the local economy begins to slowly ramp up, communication on the initiative and what is expected from the public is “somewhat vague”.

He also pointed out that the social distancing initiative whereby footpaths are identified for two-way and one-way pedestrian traffic is not legally enforceable so there’ll no tickets issued for walking in the wrong direction.

“The success of the initiative is totally dependent on the goodwill of the public and clear understanding that the initiative assists in defeating the COVID 19 virus.

“The Council must publicly communicate and educate the public as to the expectations of the policy and confirm the support of medical experts.

“This action must be taken immediately as works have already commenced. Without a clear communication strategy the public will become confused and will regrettably ultimately ignore the initiative which I feel would defeat the objectives.”

The Council's plan for one way footpaths in Drogheda.

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