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Paul Deering


Opinion piece by Editor Paul Deering

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Regular sight of a delivery lorry parked fully on the footpath at O'Connell Street, Sligo.

Regular sight of a delivery lorry parked fully on the footpath at O'Connell Street, Sligo.

O'Connell Street is not a safe nor pleasant place for pedestrians.

O'Connell Street is not a safe nor pleasant place for pedestrians.

Van fully parked on the footpath at O'Connell Street.

Van fully parked on the footpath at O'Connell Street.

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Regular sight of a delivery lorry parked fully on the footpath at O'Connell Street, Sligo.

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It’s become quite obvious that the parking by delivery lorries, vans and cars need to be looked at urgently in our main street in Sligo.

Every single day serious obstructions are being caused by illegal parking on footpaths on O’Connell Street. Since the significant refurbishment of the street in 2020 to make it more pedestrian friendly and safe it has become anything but.

On a daily basis countless vehicles are being driven on to thenew widened footpaths without regard to pedestrians and in particular to those with disabilities.

It is has become a major concern for pedestrians but also shop owners along the street who see their premises blocked regularly. Amongst the key offenders are deliver vans and trucks and drivers think nothing of driving fully up on to the footpaths as can be seen from the photographs.

The council recently highlighted the issues facing those with disabilities with ‘Make Way Day’ but O’Connell Street has become a leading example of how not to present a town or city in terms of safe access.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to any easy solutions.

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Enforcement apepars to be sporadic at best and it is a rare sight indeed to see any of these offending drivers receive illegal parking tickets.

Indeed, the management of the situation seems to be left entirely to the Council’s traffic wardens despite the Gardaí also signing up to the ‘Make Way’ principles.

I believe it’s time for the street to be fully pedestrianised. It’s not a pleasant street at present to shop or simply walk through.


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