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Plan to keep streets closed until October

The plan is to keep Plunkett Street pedestrianised until October 31

THERE is a plan to keep Plunkett Street in Killarney fully pedestrianised until October 31 next under the Safe Streets – Safe Town – Safe County strategy favoured by Kerry County Council.

The measure was introduced last year as part of the response to Covid-19 social distancing requirements.

The council also intends to prevent vehicular access on a slip road from the junction at Kenmare Place – outside the International Hotel – to the junction at East Avenue Road.

The period of the proposed 24-hour closures is from April 22 to October 31 and alternative routes will remain in place.

Full access to the Glebe car park will remain and designated loading bays and collection points will be provided at College Square and the College Street car park.

Safe Streets measures are in place on East Avenue Road

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said it fully supports Kerry County Council’s Safe Streets – Safe Town – Safe County campaign which is necessary to ensure proper social distancing measures are in place during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The campaign is designed to provide a safer town centre environment – particularly for vulnerable and older people – while at the same time supporting the reopening of local businesses when that opportunity arises.

Chamber has acknowledged that the safety measures introduced last year were required and pedestrianisation was implemented, footpaths were significantly widened and age friendly parking zones were introduced.

The impact of these closures, as well as the other measures, are to be subject to further review in October.