Plan to ‘enhance’ Killarney would favour pedestrians

Work to make Killarney more pedestrian-friendly is to continue, but plans stop short of actually covering streets to protect people from the elements.

Last year, there were proposals to cover at least one town centre street at certain times, but proposals before Killarney Town Council are for smaller canopies that would also be used for open-air events and festivals.

Town clerk Michael O’Leary presented a plan to the council that includes widening footpaths, a one-way traffic system, and the provision of covered space on Main St, which is already part-pedestrianised.

“The whole idea is to make the town more friendly for pedestrians and to take measures that will enhance the centre,’’ said.

“We want to provide a feature in the town which may have a commercial aspect to it, but that is not the immediate purpose.’’

A council delegation has visited a factory in Germany which makes mobile coverings for open spaces.

Cllr Michael Gleeson, who last year proposed that the council provide covered areas, said he was impressed with the coverings they had seen in Germany. “I think they would add an aesthetic dimension to the overall appearance of our town.’’

Parts of the enhancement plan, which includes a one-way traffic system in a section of New St, are to go out for public consultation.

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