Douglas Street needs complete footpath and street improvements

Douglas Street needs complete footpath and street improvements
City Councillor Mick Finn said minor improvements to Douglas Street don't go far enough. Pic: Denis Scannell

LONG-awaited footpath upgrades are due to take place in Douglas Street in the coming weeks, though one local councillor has called for a more extensive upgrade of the public realm to take place.

A section of footpath once described as 'one of the worst in the city' is set for an upgrade shortly as part of ongoing works by Cork City Council in the area.

The footpath on the northern side of the street, from Dunbar St to White St, is set to be replaced due to its 'perilous condition.'

Independent councillor Mick Finn said that it has been a persistent issue for locals, with many complaining of trips and falls in the past.

"In a few areas, such as outside Fionnbarra's, the surface has disintegrated altogether, so this is welcome news," Mr Finn said.

"Many people have contacted me complaining that the cracked surfaces represented major trip hazards and, while it has taken a long time to address, at least it is being done."

However, Mr Finn said that the minor works don't go far enough.

He believes that Douglas St, Abbey St and the entire surrounding area urgently needs an improvement, in particular in light of recent work done by the Douglas Street Community Association.

The group recently held the first ever Douglas St festival to celebrate the area. They have also added a number of public realm upgrades to give the area a lift, including eye-catching signs and flowers.

Many people in the area, including businesses and local representatives, have sought improvements to the traffic flow on the narrow street, which can often be left at a standstill at busy times.

Mr Finn said, "The arrival of Nano Nagle place has given a huge lift to this old part of the city, while the inaugural festival was superb. If we can amend the current traffic system there and plan a longer-term one, it will really benefit the entire area."

One proposal floated is the potential closure of the streets in the area to traffic to allow for a weekend market, similar to the Rocks Market in Sydney.

Mr Finn said, "It may be something we could test at Christmas or during the summer."

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