Local residents vow to hold weekly protest marches to oppose ‘living streets’ proposals

by Rose Barrett
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There is growing concern amongst many residents of Dún Laoghaire about emergency services having access to Tivoli Road in the town under Dún Laoighre Rathdown Council Council’s ‘Living Streets’ proposals.

Elderly resident in particular have voiced their fears that neither their home carers nor emergency services will be able to access their homes quickly.

Aontú’s Mairead Tóibín, who is a resident of Dún Laoghaire, and who will stand in the upcoming Local Elections in June says,

“The imposition of a modal filter close to the end of Patrick Street on Tivoli Road has proven to be the most contentious aspect of the council’s ‘Living Streets’ proposals.  Residents fear that the changes will aggravate the already congested Gleanageary Road Upper, as most of the traffic will actually move to this road”.

“Elderly residents in particular, are genuinely worried about emergency services having access to their homes. They are also very concerned about their home carers having access”.
“I absolutely share their concerns”.

A large group of residents walked from Convent Road to the Town Hall and handed in letters of protest to the County Manager, Frank Curran.

Speaking outside the townhall, Ms Tóibín said that access to the town for shopping and services had already become more challenging.

“Removing car use on a main north-south road will make life harder for hard pressed commuters and those who have no public transport alternatives along their longer journey routes”.

“Many of us protested because we don’t have confidence in the transparency of the public consultation process. We want the Councillors and Council staff to see our protest and we will be holding weekly protests outside the Town Hall until the Councillors vote on the Living Streets scheme”.

“They have a duty to listen to our concerns.”

The Main Street in Malahide has proceeded with plans to pedestrianize the popular thoroughfare, despite many submissions objecting to the change. Last month, council members voted on the design of planters, shrubs and the visual dressing of the street, while Save Malahide continues to voice their opposition to the project which has seen shops close down and the area, they claim, will simply become a social hub of cafés, late night bars and restaurants.

Feature image this week’s protest March in Dún Laoghaire. Local residents are committed to continuing weekly protests.

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