28 Nov 2021

High Street to be pedestrianised for 20 hours

Pedestrian entrances will be 'attractive'

High Street in Kilkenny City is to be pedestrianised for the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

During the 10-day-long event the street will be pedestrian-only for 20 hours in all with dancers, street performers, musicians and many other events anticipated while the road is closed to vehicles.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan said: “It’s an important step forward.”

Meanwhile, the closing date for submissions to the proposal has been extended to this Friday.

The pedestrianisation times are: 11am to 4pm on August 11 and from 11am to 4pm on August 12, 18 and 19.

At this month’s meeting of Kilkenny City Municipal District, area engineer Simon Walton disclosed the details of the pedestrianisation proposals and their public consultation efforts.

He said it was about seeing how the initiative works from a “local, economic and events perspective” and getting the input of members, businesses and the general public.

Mr Walton said the entrances at either end of the street will be “event focused and attractive”. The local authority had received four submissions from the general public up until last Friday.

Among the concerns raised were disruption to vehicular access for residents along William Street, Colliers Lane and Chapel Lane as well as the possible loss of business to local traders.

“It can only enhance Arts Week,” Mayor of Kilkenny, Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere said.

The Kilkenny Arts Festival will run from August 9 to 19.

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