The objectives of the Public Realm works have been achieved with:
• Safer crossings for pedestrians at key junctions
• Improved pedestrian access to the town
• Improved access for people with reduced mobility and
• Overall improvement and attractiveness of the public realm
An added benefit has been the creation of additional areas for food outlets and bars to place street furniture to assist in social distancing in the current Covid-19 circumstances.
In response to ongoing issues and concerns expressed by the business community and wider public, it was agreed at the July Monthly District Meeting that a subcommittee would be formed to monitor progress on this. It was agreed to invite a representative of the Chamber of Commerce to represent the business, industry and tourism sectors in the town.
The agreed subcommittee comprises Cllrs Billy Collentine, Andrew Duncan, Ken Glynn, Hazel Smyth and Emily Wallace; John Geoghegan was nominated by the Chamber as their representative and the first meeting was held on Monday 20th July last.
Members were advised that following commissioning, monitoring and on-site adjustments of the new traffic signals in Mullingar following return of traffic volumes post shut down due to Covid-19, a system modification was applied to the overall town centre on Thursday 16th last. The members were given a preliminary update on the operation of this and advised that the system will continue to be monitored closely and further modification to tune responsiveness will be carried out over the coming weeks if required.
The subcommittee agreed that the Council would modify / provide yellow junction boxes on Dominic Street, Martins Lane and Pearse St. and erect additional signage for TOWN CENTRE CAR PARK Blackhall from Harbour St and Gaol Hill and these works have since been carried out.
The subcommittee will meet again on next Monday 27th July to receive further updates on monitoring and to review progress to date. A further press release will issue next week.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 24/07/2020