Monday 27 February 2017

Traders hit out at taxi rank plans



Earl Street traders William McGee, Conor McKenna, Sarah Murphy and Jim McDonnell.
Earl Street traders William McGee, Conor McKenna, Sarah Murphy and Jim McDonnell.

TRADERS OPPOSED to new taxi ranks at Crowe Street and Francis Street say the plans 'simply make no sense.'

Businesses operating at the heart of the town have hit out at the plans by Dundalk Town Council to turn parking bays into taxi ranks along Francis Street and Crowe Street.

'It is absolutely crazy to consider taking away more parking spaces from the town centre,' said Jim McDonnell, spokesman for the Earl Street traders.

'We are not opposed to these streets being used by taxis at night time, but having them taken away during day time trading hours simply doesn't make any sense.'

He added parking spaces have already been lost in the town centre with the removal of bays at Market Square.

' Traders have been very supportive of work at the Square, and in fact it has given the centre of town a great rejuvenation. But we cannot support the loss of more parking spaces, at a time when business is already very, very tough,' said Jim.

He said business had improved somewhat in recent times, and retailers were anxious not to jeopardise any upturn.

'We are coming into our havest time really, with Christmas and the new year sales being a time that businesses rely on to keep us going for most of the the year.'

' Taking away these parking spaces really will have a detrimental impact on trade in the town centre.'

He revealed that Earl Street traders have lodged a submission to the Town Council in relation to the plans, and he intends to submit a letter from his own business, Tony McDonnell Menswear.

Dundalk Town Council last month announced plans are in the pipeline for a permanent all-day rank being developed - on the right-hand side of the street from the end of the double yellow lines up to the first loading bay near the Euro Antiques premises.

In addition, it is proposed that there will be two night-time only stands on both sides of Park Street - from the Williamsons Place junction for 60 metres and on the other side of the street from Lucy Soraghan's corner for about 50ms.

A council spokesman moved to allay concerns about the loss of 12 car parking spaces in Francis Street by stating they are also to remove the under-used ranks at the Demesne and the Long Walk, with the 14 spaces in these locations being converted into pay parking spots.

Dundalk Town Council are accepting submissions from the public up until November 27th.

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