Calls for council to publish full 89 submissions relating to Killarney pedestrianisation

There are calls for the council to publish the full 89 submissions relating to the pedestrianisation of Plunkett Street in Killarney.

The council surveyed businesses and it also previously sought submissions from all members of the public.

This followed claims that business on College Street had fallen by 25% as a result of pedestrianisation.

A report was compiled on the findings and presented to Killarney Municipal District councillors this week; 89 submissions were received and were presented as five bulletpoints entitled main observations.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae asked the council to provide all submissions, adding the public think councillors have access to them all.

Kerry County Council cited data protection laws and said they were not in a position to provide them in full.

Cllr Healy-Rae disputes this, saying an informed decision can’t be made without the full information:

 

The report found the majority of people are in favour of the pedestrianisation of Plunkett Street from 7pm to 7am; this current format is to continue.

Daytime pedestrianisation was trialled on three occasions from 11am to 7am, but the report found this caused some confusion.

It’s been decided that daytime pedestrianisation will not progress until a proper public realm plan is implemented.

Kerry Independent Alliance Cllr Michael Gleeson says pedestrianisation will benefit tourism in Killarney.

He says the views of visitors to the town need to be sought: