Dundalk Town Council has underlined its commitment to the completion on schedule of the e3m investment programme in the town centre which is set to deliver major improvements in time for the peak Christmas shopping period later this year.
Responding to media coverage concerning issues raised about the works by local retailers, the Council has said the works are being carefully planned to minimise disruption as work continues on the project which is designed to make the town centre more attractive to locals and visitors.
Frank Pentony, Dundalk Town Clerk & Director of Services, Louth Local Authorities, said: “We are very confident that the outcome of this major investment in Dundalk’s historic commercial core will help deliver a more vibrant town centre with increased footfall and improved pedestrian safety.
“We are also very aware of the challenges being faced by local businesses at this time and accept that the disruption while the work is underway may be impacting on trade at some retail outlets. Considerable work has been done to ensure that retailers are kept up-to-date on the progress of the work. It is also important to say that access is being maintained to all offices and shops in the area,” he continued.
“There were a number of meetings from early March about the programme of works and – in response to feedback from retailers – additional signage was provided as the work got underway. Meetings continue between Dundalk Town Council and the Clanbrassil Street Traders Association and we have published additional information in local newspapers this week.
“The terms of the contract require it to be finished within budget and in a set timeframe and we are confident this will be achieved. In the meantime, we can only ask for the continued support and patience of all those affected by the work while it is in progress. We are confident the end result for Dundalk will have been worth the temporary inconvenience and the disruption while new traffic arrangements are being introduced.”
Mr Pentony also confirmed that additional town centre parking spaces will be provided on Saturdays shortly.