Tuesday 20 March 2018

Meeting to discuss West Street issues

Town centre area 'should be a priority'

Cllr. Frank Godfrey
Cllr. Frank Godfrey

A PUBLIC meeting to discuss issues about West Street is being organised by Cllr. Frank Godfrey on Monday, March 31, at 7.30 p.m. in the Westcourt Hotel.

The aim is to discuss the ongoing problems and issues relating to West Street.

'Narrow West Street for example is in a dilapidated state, the unsightly bollards on West Street need to be removed immediately also with vacant shop units as a result of high rent and rates, which is also an issue with current traders,' he said.

'Issues relating to buses mounting the footpaths at Dominic Street, the problem of parking needs to be reviewed, The O'Reilly car-park purchased by the council for €8 million would be the answer to the parking problems if utilised, also two-hour street parking should be considered.'

He said traders are frustrated with West Street and have made a number of submissions to the council, but the street remains the same.

'Five years on, this is unacceptable, the upper levels of premises need to be maintained and made safe, if occupied they would bring back life into the Town, at present they are home to pigeons,' he said.

'West Street should be a priority of Drogheda Borough Council to address urgently. Eight/ten people are dissatisfied with West Street, the old atmosphere of West Street is no longer there, we are calling all traders and shoppers to attend the meeting and air their views,' he said.

'We have invited the Engineers, Planners & County Manager to address the meeting and address these issues urgently to bring back shoppers to the Town Centre of Drogheda.'

Drogheda Independent