Well that was interesting.
I was rung at 4.10 to be told there was a meeting of retailers from St Asaph St to be held at the ECAN offices in Tuam Street at 4.30. Present was the CECC, CCC numerous angry retailers.
The meeting of grumpy retailers, bar and cafe owners were deeply unhappy with the “Inaccessible city” design that has been imposed on St Asaph street. All stated the same concerns, road width, lack of short-term parking, curbing, lack loading zones, constant complaints from their customers about being unable to park anywhere near their destination shop. etc!
One company in the area said that this plan was “idealistic” and takes no account of the fact that the retailers in this area were mainly light manufacturing and destination shops. A very valid comment.
There were 6 business owner in the room, that I know about, who planned or were talking about moving out of the area.
CCC maintains the plan was imposed upon them by CCDU. hum… I believe it was partially designed by CCC staff… fake news ? The comment from the CCC was “we had no opportunity to change the plan”.
So far I believe that the new curbing has destroyed 2 sumps and 27 car tyres, those are the ones that we know about.
CCC says that the roading width is deliberate, to “calm traffic” and that they will not bulldoze the new design but they will tweak it. ie change parking times from 120mins to ??? give us a few loading zones, sort out the taxi stands and smooth some humps and curbs. The speed limit will be reduced to 30 kmh. (You can only do 30kmh now!). I am not sure that any of these measures will deal with the real issues.
CCC maintained that St Johns Ambulance were quite “comfortable” to wait in the traffic on their way to the hospital. It is the “nature of the central city to be caught in traffic”. Really? next time I have a heart attack remind me to tell the driver to avoid St Asaph Street.
It will take a brave and honest planner to firstly admit that this design is a huge mistake and then it will take a Very brave council to say that it has to be removed and redesigned.
ho hum, it is surely interesting in this city.