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Town needs plan to facilitate accessibility

John Morgan seated with from left Cormack Woods  Centre Manager Sen Mary MOran Tanya Murphy  and  Seamus O GRady

John Morgan seated with from left Cormack Woods Centre Manager Sen Mary MOran Tanya Murphy and Seamus O GRady

Dundalk Town Council has been told that the streets of Dundalk need to be made more accessible to disabled people.

Mr John Morgan, himself a wheelchair user, and Mr Seamus O’Grady, gave a presentation of a study they carried out on wheelchair accessibility.

The report noted major difficulties around the town centre, and Market Street to Bachelors Walk.

The junction of Yorke Street and Church Street, the island at the former Dunnes Stores in Park Street, Park Street itself, Ann Street, Mulholland Avenue, and Mount Avenue.

The road markings on the pedestrian crossing on the Long Walk do not help the visually impaired and the drop between the footpath and the road at the post office on Clanbrassil Street is unacceptable.

Mr Morgan told the council members he would like to see Dundalk catch up with Cavan town which had spent seven years transforming the town into an urban area that is accessible to all.

The town has won awards for its endeavours.

He also pointed out that a disability group had been set up in Cavan which incorporates a text system whereby people can report misuses of disabled parking bays.

Cllr Maria Doyle, Fine Gael, commended the report and asked that the council engineers ensure that drop kerbs have been incorporated in the construction of recent footpaths. She also said that parking areas for disabled drivers should be prioritised.

Cllr Marian Butler agreed that Dundalk must implement a plan that will accommodate every citizen.

Town engineer Catherine Duff said the council had already had discussions with Mr Morgan and would try to resolve issues.

However, a plan would need to be put into place, and it had taken Cavan seven years.

 
 
 

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