Businesses and residents opposed to parking plan

Businesses and residents opposed to parking plan

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Residents and business owners in an area of Ennis, where the local authority proposes drastic changes, will hand in a petition to the council this week.

A draft plan shows Clare County Council’s proposal to reduce the size of a long standing green area to make room for parking and to erect bollards to prevent street parking.

Shop keepers are concerned that passing trade will be lost if customers can’t park where they could and that such trade accounts for the majority of their business.

The draft plan includes the construction of 15 parking spaces in any existing green area and the erection of over 40 bollards to prevent parking

Councillor Johnny Flynn, who supports those opposed to the plan, said: “People in the Turnpike, Collins Park and St Claire’s say no. I support the well over 200 who have already signed petitions.”

“They say no to Council plans for 46 new bollards to be put in front of local Turnpike shops and to remove a chunk of Collins Park trees and green space for 15 car-parking spaces at Turnpike/St Claire’s/Collins Park/Gallows Hill. I met with residents and businesses who fear loss of business, local jobs and Illegal encampments if plans go through. They have asked me to hand in their petitions at Ennis Municipal District February meeting on Tuesday,” Cllr Flynn added.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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