Over 500 people have signed a petition set up by owners of The Home Bakery objecting to the removal of parking spaces on Jocelyn Street and Rampart Road.
According to Deirdre Keelan of The Home Bakery, if the parking proposal goes ahead, it will have a detrimental impact on shoppers and businesses in the area.
The Dundalk Smarter Travel - Schools Project provides for the loss of 16 car parking spaces on Jocelyn Street and five parking spaces on Rampart Road, immediately west of Jocelyn Drive.
“Nobody really knew that this was being proposed. It’s great that people are signing the petition. We also want to raise awareness about the plan,” said Ms Keelan.
The project provides for a range of walk and cycle infrastructural changes along the route to St Vincent’s Secondary School and Dun Dealgan NS.
The proposed works will affect Seatown Place, Jocelyn Street, Distillery Lane, Ramparts Road, Jocelyn Drive, and Jocelyn Street/Castle Road junction.
The works will include the provision of cycle lanes (segregated track), one cycle bridge over Ramparts River, speed ramps, six junction improvements, one zebra crossing, and two pelican crossings.
Changes will also be made to routes to CBS Primary School, Colaiste Ris Secondary School, Castletown Girls’ School, St Nicholas’ Monastery School, Marshes Avenue and Tom Bellew Avenue.
According to Pat Stuart of Dundalk Town Council (DTC), the project aims to make it safer for children to cycle and walk to school.
“Motorists are not losing all of the parking on Jocelyn Street; only some of the spaces will be lost. The scheme will facilitate school children but it will also benefit the general public and cyclists,” said Mr Stuart.
The plan of the proposed development is available for inspection or purchase at the Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk until today (March 29).
Submissions or observations about the plan can be made in writing to Frank Pentony, Director of Service on or before April 12.