Council seeks to close city centre streets to traffic to boost local business

Council seeks to close city centre streets to traffic to boost local business

Cork City Council has launched an online public consultation survey inviting the public, communities, businesses, and key stakeholders to have their say on the temporary road closures of Emmet Place, Father Mathew Street and Princes Street. Picture: Denis Scannell

CORK City Council has launched an online public consultation survey inviting the public, communities, businesses, and key stakeholders to have their say on the temporary road closures of Emmet Place, Father Mathew Street and Princes Street.

The consultation forms part of a programme of measures being prepared by Cork City Council to facilitate the "awakening" of the local economy and to support both residents and the public in safely returning to work and commercial life in the city and town centres. 

Cork City Council has already temporarily pedestrianised the historic Marina riverside amenity, and city centre streets Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street and Pembroke Street. 

Emmet Place, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Emmet Place, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Street cleansing teams have also been conducting a deep clean of the city centre and Glanmire, Blarney, Douglas and Ballincollig.

"As part of coping with and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, the city is being re-imagined as the backbone of citizens' lives," said Brian Geaney, Cork City Council Assistant Chief Executive.

"This is a defining time in our history, with so much uncertainty we must try and do what’s best and sustainable for the future and turn this challenge into an opportunity. 

"In doing so, it is critical that we listen carefully to all stakeholders across the city and consult all communities and sectors. We are all in this together and I sincerely hope that citizens will participate in the upcoming consultation," he continued.

Cork City Council Director of Operations, David Joyce said the proposed measures are in an attempt to safeguard public health.

"The new measures proposed in the public consultation documentation will involve temporary changes to the layout of streets in order to maintain adequate separation space for public health social distancing requirements," he said.

"Our primary concern during this unprecedented time is to safely facilitate people travelling to work, education and amenities. 

Princes Street. Picture: Denis Scannell
Princes Street. Picture: Denis Scannell

"While the proposed measures focus on protecting health and wellbeing, all interventions will need to be fully considered across all stakeholder interest groups, so please take the time to visit Cork City Council’s consultation portal to have your say," he continued. 

In the public consultation document Cork City Council state:

"In cities across Europe, there is emerging evidence of the reallocation of additional road space to walking and cycling in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly being pursued as the best possible option to safely facilitate the movement of a considerable volume of people to work, education and amenities."

Submissions are invited from the public, stakeholders and interested parties on these proposed temporary road closures.

The deadline is 12 midday on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Visit consult.corkcity.ie/en/browse for information on all open and upcoming public consultations or to have your say.

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