Need to increase foot fall in Carrick

Rock @ the Clock with on street entertainment at the Carrick-on-Shannon Summer Festival.
Plans are being formulated to help increase the volume of foot fall on the main streets of the county town.

Plans are being formulated to help increase the volume of foot fall on the main streets of the county town.

Although the traffic can sometimes be heavy through the centre of town, the actual number of people visiting, shopping and consuming goods has been getting steadily.

The issue has been raised by town businessperson and Fine Gael Councillor Finola Armstrong McGuire.

She brought forward a motion to the Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District Council meeting on the need to increase foot fall on the Main Street.

New Senior Planner, Bernard Greene, gave a presentation on the role and projections for Leitrim Planning Department.

He outlined the plans to work with Roscommon County Council to produce a joint project for Carrick and Cortober’s economic development.

Over the next year the councils will work on linking the train station and bus stop with cycle paths and pedestrian walkways as part of the smarter travel ideal.

The council are also considering the creation of a Cultural Quarter around the Market Yard and The Dock part of town.

Members of Carrick District Council are requesting Carrick Chamber of Commerce to speak to them about their vision for the town, so they can work together on promoting great numbers to visit the centre of town.

Cllr Armstrong McGuire also queried about regulation and caps on weekend accommodation beds in Carrick.

The Council said the use of certain premises, other than hotels and registered guest houses is a “relatively recent phenomena which is catering for the ‘stag’ and ‘hen’ party markets.

“ Whilst this has brought welcome additional trade to the town it also, unfortunately, brings a number of problems with it.” The planning code allows that in house guest accommodation can be provided without planning permission with a maximum of 4 persons per room and a max of 4 bedrooms. The Authority said they have taken action against a number of operators with some ceasing activities, and others still pursued.

Cllr Armstrong McGuire also noted that crossing the Main Street and Bridge Street of Carrick-on-Shannon is “very high risk.” She sought an unmanned pedestrian crossing to be put in place at the Leitrim Road junction at Park Lane and from Presentation House to Kellys.

The council said the provision of such crossings will be examined.