Council considering making Potato Market a shared space rather than the previous proposals for full pedestrianisation
A meeting of councillors and Carlow County Council officials took place on Thursday at Mount Wolseley in relation to the Carlow Town Centre Plan and other issues.
The workshop was held in private but Fianna Fáil Cllr Fintan Phelan has provided an update on what was discussed.
He highlighted a number of "important changes to the original plan that are now being considered by the Council" and told people that it is important to note that all of the points below are currently a draft and changes can still be made.
Here's a full list of what Cllr Phelan said:
Upper Tullow Street
• Irish Water will finish their works in mid September.
• A temporary road surface will then be put on Upper Tullow Street (all other services have been contacted by the Council and asked if they need to put anything in the ground they need to do it now otherwise it will be restricted going forward)
• Early next year the Council hope to begin enhancement works on Upper Tullow Street.
• Under the proposed plans being considered by the Council Upper Tullow Street is to be kept two-way which is welcome.
• Unfortunately under the drawings presented there is still a significant reduction in on-street parking on Upper Tullow Street.
Carlow Town Centre
• It has been confirmed that Dublin Street, Lower Tullow Street, Castle Street/Hill, Court House Area, Burrin Street and Haymarket will all be considered as part of a master plan for the town. The inclusion of these areas is very welcome and something I have been advocating from day one.
• The Council is considering making Potato Market a shared space rather than pedestrianizing it on a full time basis. Which is welcome. They are considering making it one way, I have requested that they also consider proposals for mainting it as two way and including a shared surface that can be closed off when needed for festivals and events.
• The Council is now not considering closing off the Kennedy Avenue entrance into Carlow Shopping Centre which is welcome.
• The Council is also looking at keeping the vehicular entrance into Fairgreen Shopping Centre from Barrack Street which is welcome.
Cllr Phelan added: "There is funding to progress Upper Tullow Street. The rest of the town centre will be submitted to the Department for funding to develop a masterplan.
"This masterplan for Carlow Town Centre would include the streets, dereliction, vacant units etc.
"Following consultation and pending funding being approved to develop a masterplan, it will then be submitted to the department next year for funding for shovel ready projects.
"If anyone has any ideas or would like to discuss the Town Centre plan with me please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thank you to all those who have already been in touch and I will continue to put your case forward."
Other issues discussed at the meeting were County Carlow’s “The Big Idea” Programme; “What next for Tullow?”; “What next for Bagenalstown?” and as listed above, the “My Carlow” Project.
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