THE installation of a new seating area outside of a South Main Street café in Wexford town has sparked some controversy with many expressing their annoyance that it has “taken over the entire footpath”.
While Stable Diet on South Main Street has had seating available outside for quite some time now, the recent addition of large windbreakers serves to block off the entire footpath, making it impossible for wheelchair users or parents with buggies to pass without moving onto or crossing the road.
One annoyed pedestrian said: “While I am all on for outdoor dining etc, why is the whole path now blocked and forcing people to walk on the road?”
Further up South Main Street, allowances had been made for Crust Pizzeria to take advantage of outdoor dining on the footpath, but Wexford County Council put new road markings and bollards in place for pedestrians to move around the structure.
It’s unclear if a similar plan will be put in place for Stable Diet, but many on social media have been questioning the legality of blocking a footpath. Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor says that a number of members of the public have raised their concerns with him.
"It’s been brought to my attention a number of times and I've made inquiries as to what the position is on it,” he said. “It seems that no common sense has prevailed and it will have to be looked at.”