By Dan Walsh
Market Square and adjoining streets, Rafter St and Slaney St., and Templeshannon from the old bridge as far as the entrance to the swimming pool, is to be pedestrianised from 7pm to 11.30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Monday, June 29th as the most likely commencement date.
The temporary measure is likely to last for six to eight weeks and is currently being risk assessed to ensure that public safety is a priority.
Members unanimously backed the plan at the June meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council presented in the Municipal Manager’s Report (Mr Ger Mackey) which stated that consultation with the Chamber of Commerce and the establishment of a Steering Committee made up of business representatives made the recommendations to assist the local hospitality sector recover from Covid-19 restrictions.
It is regarded as the best option for the town as “it does not hamper the day retail trade and will give a huge advantage to the hospitality sector during this challenging period.”
Rafter Steet and Slaney Street will be pedestrianised every day probably from 10.30am.
Mr Mackey told the meeting that the measures will “generate a family friendly atmosphere around the town.” Businesses will be facilitated with street furniture and stalls outside their premises and acoustic music will be allowed. Gardai will maintain a visible presence during the evenings of pedestrianisation.
ROAD CLOSURE; A five-day programme of street resurfacing commenced this morning at Templeshannon (R744) and will be completed next Friday.