Cork's Marina and other city centre streets could be permanently closed to cars

Cork's Marina and other city centre streets could be permanently closed to cars

The proposals, if approved, would see the Marina closed to traffic 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

A SLEW of city centre streets, as well as the Marina, could be pedestrianised on a permanent basis.

Today Cork City Council unveiled plans to close 17 streets to vehicular traffic - some permanently and others for up to 16 and a half hours a day.

The proposals, if approved, would see the Marina, which had its temporary pedestrianisation measures extended until December, closed to traffic 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

St Peter and Pauls Place and part of Paul St, Emmett Place, Little Ann St and Little Cross St would also be closed to traffic 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Other streets, including Tuckey St, Oliver Plunkett St and Marlboro St, would be closed to traffic from 11am to 2am, seven days a week.

Four other streets would be closed to traffic from 9:30am to 2am all week. They are: Pembroke St, Phoenix St from its junction with Pembroke St to its junction with Crane Lane, Beasley St and Princes St South. 

The full list of streets was revealed this morning in a series of tweets by Green Party councillor Dan Boyle.

Speaking to The Echo, Cllr Boyle said he very much welcomed the proposals.

"For city centres to be viable, they need to be comfortable places to walk in," he said. "When that happens they are better places to live in and to trade in."

Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said many residents in the south-east of the city have asked to be able to comment on the Marina's pedestrianisation.

"Some are for, some are for part temporal closure and some are against continuing the project - and I have got correspondence on all three," he said. "Whether or which I have asked several times of the Operations Directorate in City Hall that there is public consultation on it - so at least all voices can be heard and reflected upon, and a future strategy can be put in place - and that the goodwill currently in place would not be legally undermined. 

"Consultation is open from tomorrow and now is the chance for the public view can be heard." 

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