BETWEEN 250 and 300 people took to Wicklow's streets on Wednesday in protest against any plans for the redesign of Fitzwilliam Square.
The protest march gathered at the square at 4.30 p.m., before making its way down Main Street toward the Town Hall. A petition with 1,100 signatures was then presented to Mayor Mervyn Morrison.
'It was an awful lot of people to come out on a cold, winter's day to say they don't want Fitzwilliam Square touched,' says Robert Doyle, one of the protest organisers.
'There was one woman present who had only moved to Wicklow four weeks ago. She said one of the main things that drew her to the town from Dublin was how quaint Fitzwilliam Square looked.'
A covering letter was also attached to the petition calling on the town council to open up Fitzwilliam Square to the public on a more frequent basis.
'Most of the protesters would like to see the gate open during the day and some benches fitted out in the square for people to sit and contemplate during the daylight hours,' says Robert.