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MORE than 50 business people in Killarney have signed a petition strongly opposing a suggested pedestrianisation of the Kerry town’s Main Street.

However, the local town council is adamant no decision has been taken on the matter and emphasised it would not be taken without prior consultation with people likely to be affected.

A letter from well-known pharmacist Liam Sheahan, whose premises is in Main Street, contained the signatures from fellow traders. The matter was discussed during Monday night’s council meeting.

He firmly rejected a media report that the majority of Main Street traders welcomed the pedestrianisation plan.

“It would be nothing short of criminal to impede the flow of traffic through the streets during the recession and it could result in job losses and business closures,” he claimed.

Pedestrianising Main Street has been considered by the council for many years. A number of trial projects have been conducted.

Town clerk Michael O’Leary told this week’s meeting a lot of issues needed to be addressed and no decision had been taken.

“Part of any investigation into pedestrianisation would involve not only traders in Main Street, but the public at large, as it is something that would have implications for the whole town,” he added.

Fine Gael’s Hugh Courtney said Killarney did not have the infrastructure or sufficient parking facilities for pedestrianisation.

Labour’s Sean Counihan favoured pedestrianisation and felt Main Street was the ideal place for it.

“But if people don’t want it, we should not spend money on it,” he added.

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