Councillor calls for silent protest

A Fianna Fail councillor who is opposed to the Central Access Scheme is calling on people to attend the next meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council to make their views known.

A Fianna Fail councillor who is opposed to the Central Access Scheme is calling on people to attend the next meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council to make their views known.

Cllr Joe Malone is calling on members of the public to attend the meeting at the town hall on October 14. “I want people to hold a silent protest to make their views and opposition to the Central Access Scheme clear,” he said.

“We, the council as decision makers and planners should listen to the people and the scheme should be stopped now. I will be raising the Central Access Scheme at the meeting and seeking a meeting with the City Manager, Joe Crockett. This needs to happen before any houses are demolished. This meeting should not just be for the councillors but should include a delegation of people from a variety of groups and backgrounds. This has to happen sooner rather than later,” he added.

Cllr Malone who attended the recent protest walk also appealed to the public to continue to voice their opposition.

“I am calling on people to come to the borough council meeting and hold a silent protest. We need to demand a meeting and make the city manager listen. I am being blamed by some people for this but I was not a public representative when this decision was made five ago. It might have made sense then but it definitely does not now.

“The completion of the ring road must be a priority and the construction of the final stage of that is the solution.”

Cllr Malone recently attended the protest and said he was impressed with the turnout.

“People from all walks of life attended the protest and spoke strongly and passionately about their opposition to the scheme. As an elected representative we have to listen to what the people want. This scheme needs to be stopped before any damage is caused to the heritage of our medieval city,” he said.

To date over 6,500 signatures have been gathered calling on the council to prioritise the completion of the Ring Road over the Central Access Scheme.