West Street pedestrianised during the Fleadh.
Despite the stated opposition of many traders the much vaunted temporary pedestrianisation of West Street will commence this weekend (19.09.20) and will continue over two additional weekends in October and November.
In a statement issued today Louth County Council says the trial is being introduced to facilitate social distancing for pedestrians, cyclists and patrons using food outlets.
The Council says it has been working with the Drogheda BID company and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
“Part of this work is to stimulate economic recovery by increasing footfall in the town centre and a reduction in vehicular traffic. As a result, West Street has been identified by Louth County Council as an area suitable for temporary pedestrianisation. “
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West Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic on the weekends of 19th September; 24th October (bank holiday weekend), and a weekend in November. The impact will be measured and monitored by the council, in partnership with the BID company using multiple, strategically located, footfall counters in West Street.
Louth County Council ran a public consultation on the proposal and, based on submissions received, has responded by providing additional bus stop facilities, alternative disabled parking bays and ‘click and collect’ parking areas adjacent to the closure area.
Mayor of Drogheda, Councillor Kevin Callan, a keen proponent of pedestrianisation said the plan is designed to try to reduce the economic impact of COVID-19 on local business and has public health at its heart.
“The pedestrianisation of West Street will not only create a safer environment for retailers and their customers, but it has the potential to transform the centre of Drogheda and how we use our outdoor areas” he said.
“If it proves to be successful, it could be something that we look at as a long-term measure for the enjoyment of the people of Drogheda.”
In their statement Louth County Council said they had received funding from the National Transport Authority to implement the pedestrianisation traffic management plan.
“Funding will also support the provision of on-street facilities, enhancing the shopping experience and facilitating outdoor trading by traditional retailers.
“Street furnishings, including; parklets - increasing outdoor capacity for cafes and restaurants for alfresco dining, parasols, planters with shrubs and plants, outdoor seating, and artificial grass for an area at St Peters, will be installed on a phased basis and completed before end of 2020.
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