This is a link to an article in the Carrigdhoun written by Ciaran Dineen on plans for new town centre. My comments are below:
Dr. Frank Crowley, contended that the carpark itself was “destroying the heart of the town” upon hearing that additional spaces are set to be installed in the near-future. Responding to this Cllr McGrath concurred that Carrigaline badly needed a heart to the town and agreed that it needed to “progress as soon as possible”.
Speaking about the Carrigaline TPREP, Dr. Crowley went on to argue some of the topics that need to be raised. “It is necessary for the multi-disciplinary consultancy team to engage early with the community and explain why changes need to happen. For instance, why the street should be ‘one-way’? why we need a plaza and why the Owenabue Car Park is the ideal spot? Why parking needs to be removed in some places and added in others? On why the community needs segregated cycle lanes? And on why we need pedestrian priority from the playground/community area to the businesses on Main Street. These answers are not clear to everyone, hence there needs to be a clear, informed and educated discussion from the outset so that political interests, vested interests and ill-informed opinions are removed from the equation. The council have the expertise to radically improve the viability and quality of life of towns. That is clear with the examples of Clonakilty and Ballincollig.”