Further details are now available on the pedestrianisation of New Street. This measure is in line with the overall approach which I and my Green colleagues on Fingal County Council have been urging and which enjoys wide support from other parties also.
What was already an unsatisfactory environment for pedestrians in most of our towns has now, with the need for social distancing and the likely increase in people avoiding public transport and staying near home, become a crisis. It is vital that we reallocate road space for walking and cycling. In addition, we need to ensure that those businesses which can use outdoor space to cope with the distancing and hygiene requirements of the pandemic can avail of space which otherwise would be allocated to cars.
Fingal’s Operations Department are doing an excellent job addressing the details of these changes, as they did with the School Street initiative at St. Oliver Plunkett’s School, and I have been urging them to take similar initiatives across the Howth/ Malahide area. I am urging the Chief Executive to ensure that sufficient staff resources are assigned to enable this sort of reallocation to happen throughout the County.