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Pedestrians to take priority over street furniture

The primary objective is to create a safe environment for pedestrians

PRIORITY will be given to pedestrian safety during the implementation of the new mobility plans for the reopening of Killarney and other towns following the Covid-19 lockdown, Kerry County Council has insisted.

But, where possible, areas will be identified to accommodate street furniture which may assist businesses to recover from the loss of business during the past three months.

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae

Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae has asked Kerry County Council to allow all businesses to place seating outside of their premises this year to help them to maximise business potential in view of the strict social distancing regulations imposed.

The council said its primary objective is to create a safe environment for pedestrians and, in particular, people with disabilities and mobility restrictions.

Local authority officials said, however, that areas will be identified to accommodate street furniture, subject to licencing and appropriate conditions in accordance with statutory requirements but it would have to allow the safe movement of pedestrians.

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