By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council has been allocated €673,000 by government for redesigning outdoor areas and street furniture for street dining across the county this summer. The funding comes from the Street Furniture – Outdoor Infrastructure Fund.
According to Senator Malcolm Byrne; “This is a significant commitment to help support business but also so that we can enjoy the summer outdoors safely. In addition, the funding will help with our town and village centres and is aimed to encourage activity.”
Projects are as follows;
ROSSLARE STRAND; Will provide seating, parklets and planters with low level lighting and decorative paved areas for outdoor dining and meeting area within the village of Rosslare Strand.
SOUTH MAIN STREET, WEXFORD; Remove on street parking to create a driving lane to allow for the footpath on the western side to be used for outdoor dining. Works will include installing a combination of bolards as delineation between traffic and pedestrian.
NEW ROSS TOWN at QUAY ST., MARY ST., SOUTH STREET and FETHARD VILLAGE; Remove on street parking to create outdoor dining area. Works will include installing a combination of bollards as delineation between traffic and pedestrian. A combination of solid screens and planting boxes will be installed to maintain separation and access to other retail units not engaged in outdoor dining.
HENRIETTA ST, WEXFORD; Temporary closure of street 24/7 to allow outdoor dining areas and outdoor space public house. Work include installing planters to close road and enhance appearance of closed street.
CIVIC SQUARE, GOREY; It is proposed to construct an outdoor dining area within the existing green area at Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey. The proposed work includes the installation of hard paving and picnic benches.
MAIN STREET, BUNCLODY; Provide parklets by cordoning off car parking spaces in the town centre. It is also intended to provide some partitions, planters and refurbish existing seating in the area.
GOREY and COURTOWN; It is proposed to construct outdoor dining areas within the parking spaces adjacent to the footpath along Main St., Esmonde St., and Courtown.
NORTH MAIN ST, WEXFORD; Pedestrianisation of North Main St from its junction with Georges St to and including Charlotte St. Automated bolard required to manage traffic 24/7 closure.
ENNISCORTHY STREETS; Provide four parklets by cordoning off three or four car parking spaces on the Main St. Provide planters and partitions to allow pedestrians and cyclists to meet, stop and enjoy the outdoor space. Provide partitions on Market Square to place tables and chairs, parklets and planters on the Square.
KILMORE QUAY; Provide seating with low level lighting and decorative paved areas for outdoor dining and meeting area within the village of Kilmore Quay.
BALLYCOGLEY; Provide a small seating area, meeting place within the village centre adjacent to the Community Centre. It is proposed to provide a small landscaped area with seating provided.