The planned upgrade of Kilkenny City’s ‘public realm’ is part of an overall direction shift to woo a key tourist target market, county manager Joe Crockett has said.
At the monthly meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council, Mr Crockett told the members that extensive consultation had influenced the direction and proposals for all of the Medieval Mile projects. Recently, a number of councillors questioned the rationale of some of the proposed works, including the Great Garden and possible future use of the Tholsel.
“In terms of developing new attractions, the 45-plus demographic is the key demographic we are now chasing,” said Mr Crockett. “They are interested in the arts, in heritage, gardens, as well as a high standard of hotel.”
Regarding the eventual developments of the Medieval Mile, Green Party Councillor Malcolm Noonan has sought clarity over the future of High Street in terms of pedestrianisation, a one-way, or two-way system.
“There is a problem in that there seems to be a difference in what the manager is proposing and what the engineering team are proposing,” he told the Kilkenny People.
“I have asked if the upgrade of High Street is based on a one-way system or a two-way, but did not get a response. But the drawings look like a one-way. There seems to be a lot of variance with over-arching policies and that of the Medieval Mile.”
County manager Joe Crockett says the ultimate plan is for a one-way system, but it will not be implemented until the Central Access Scheme is completed. He said that there would be full consultation with the commercial sector before the upgrade of the street begins.
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