City Hall will consider short-term setdown areas for North Main Street 

City Hall will consider short-term setdown areas for North Main Street 

In June, a partial building collapse took place at number 63 with internal floors and rear walls coming down. Pic: Damian Coleman

THE FACADE of a city centre property that partially collapsed has now been stabilised and the rear wall, roof and chimney have been demolished, according to City Hall.

Hoarding is still in place around number 62,63 and 64 North Main Street with a single lane of traffic allowed to pass through.

On June 20, a partial building collapse took place at number 63 with internal floors and rear walls coming down.

City Hall senior executive building surveyor Michael Mansell said talks between the buildings’ owners and the council continue and more remedial works are planned.

“Following additional surveys and a series of meetings, a schedule of additional remedial works has been proposed and accepted in principle by Cork City Council.

“In summary, Cork City Council continues to be in constant contact with the owners and agents of 62,63 and 64 North Main Street with a view to expediently resolving the remaining matters,” added Mr Mansell.

Meanwhile, City Hall said it is open to considering short-term parking areas on North Main Street to allow for quick customer turnover and ease of access with trade on the street recovering from the access issues at the aforementioned properties.

Councillor Paudie Dineen brought a motion before Cork City Council asking that set down areas are established to allow motorists to access services and shops over a 15 minute period on the street without paying for parking.

Director of city council environmental Valerie O’Sullivan said this is a possibility.

“The provision of a number of set down spaces, similar to those introduced as part of [the] City Centre Movement Strategy] can be considered for the North Main Street in conjunction with the overall objectives for the area in the [strategy]. The number of set down spaces provided must have regard to the number of spaces currently available on the street.” 

Mr Dineen said: “North Main Street and its loyal traders are constantly struggling to entice shoppers into the area and they need as much assistance as they can get.

“The provision of six (or) seven 15-minute set down areas similar to those introduced for the Cork City Centre Movement Strategy would provide a huge boost to the traders and their customer base and allow the businesses on the street to turn around customers quickly and efficiently,” Mr Dineen added.

Some traders on the street had complained that business was 50% down during the partial street closure in June compared to the same period in 2018 and had held a number of street events to entice shoppers and get the message out that the street was open for business.

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