High public support for pedestrianisation in Ennis

High public support for pedestrianisation in Ennis

Out of the 1,796 people surveyed, 71.2% said they would like to see some form of pedestrianisation in Ennis immediately and 20.3% called for it in the medium to long term, alongside the introduction of new infrastructure.

Nine in 10 people are in support of pedestrianisation in Ennis.

The prospect of pedestrianisation in Ennis is popular among the public, with more than 90% showing some form of support for the process.

This is according to an extensive Clare County Council survey, which looked to gauge the public’s views on pedestrianisation in the town.

Out of the 1,796 people surveyed, 71.2% said they would like to see some form of pedestrianisation immediately and 20.3% called for it in the medium to long term, alongside the introduction of new infrastructure.

Only 8.5% indicated that they would never like to see the pedestrianisation of streets in the town.

Business reaction

When business owners were surveyed the results were much closer. Out of 54 business owners asked, 38.9% favoured the immediate introduction of the measures, 24.1% would happily see it in the medium to long term, while 37% said no altogether.

Of the members of the general public who were surveyed, 204 respondents were over 65 years of age. This cohort voted heavily in favour of pedestrianisation with 67.6% calling for it immediately and 21.1% calling for it in the medium to long term.

The remaining 11.3% of this group said they would never like to see the town pedestrianised.

A total of 102 respondents declared themselves as having mobility issues. Out of this group, 47.1% favoured the introduction of pedestrianisation immediately, 21.6% in the medium to long term, 31.4% said no altogether.

The Mayor of Ennis Municipal District, Cllr Ann Norton, said:  “This survey, which was widely advertised and could be completed online or in paper format, allowed all members of the community to have their say on potential pedestrianisation in Ennis town centre."

Leonore O’Neill, senior executive officer at Ennis Municipal District said they were happy with engagement from the public.

“We are delighted with the high level of engagement with the survey and wish to thank all individuals, representative groups and Ennis MD councillors who helped to create awareness of the survey. This feedback from the public will be a vital element in the design of future transport plans for the town," she said.

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