Local businesses are criticising plans by Kerry County Council to cut the number of car parking spaces on Denny Street in Tralee.
Under the plans, the existing parking format will be replaced with parallel parking; and it’s also proposed to relocate the taxi rank from The Mall to Denny Street.
Business people in Tralee town centre says reducing the number of parking spaces on Denny Street will affect their trade; they also say it’s very bad timing with the works starting in June.
Kerry County Council says the works will be phased in order to minimise disruption to businesses.
They acknowledge there’ll be a reduction in parking spaces but say the plan is motivated by safety concerns.
It’s expected the two-way traffic flow will come into effect on Denny Street after the summer, while
plans to relocate the taxi rank from The Mall to Denny Street will go out to public consultation in the coming weeks.
Heather O’Sullivan of John Ross Jewellers is critical of the plans, and says the timing is especially bad given that Tralee is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year.