Concerns for Templeshannon traffic plan

An artists impression of the future at Enniscorthy looking towards the Templeshannon area of the town.

Enniscorthy Municipal District Council plans for the regeneration of the Templeshannon side of Enniscorthy and, in particular, plans pertaining to a change of traffic management in the area is causing concerns for some residents and businesses and a number of public meetings is planned to discuss the issues involved.
Consequently, an open invitation has been issued to attend a public meeting in Treacy’s Hotel, Templeshannon, on Tuesday night, December 4th, at 8 p.m.
Members of Enniscorthy Municipal Authority are being invited to attend and well-known Town Planner, Ian Doyle, will give a full assessment of the impact the original proposal, if implemented, will have on the daily lives on people on the east side of the River Slaney.
Because of the number of families living on this side of Enniscorthy and because of the anticipated numbers attending this public meeting(s), it has been decided to hold separate briefings for the various residential areas.
Please note the following areas are being invited to the first briefing tonight (Tuesday); Clonhaston, Hempfield, Old Church Road, St. Senans Road, Templeshannon, Rectory Road, Rectory Heights and Railway Square.
The meetings will be chaired by Eamon Doyle who is charged with extending an invitation to concerned residents and businesses. A number of letters have been distributed to all affected residents and businesses.

Map showing future plans for the Templeshannon area of Enniscorthy.

The letter states; “You may, or may not, be aware of Enniscorthy Municipal Authority’s plan for the Regeneration of Templeshannon and of how these plans if implemented, will impact on you as a resident of the east side of Enniscorthy. The plans are ambitious in scale and, in the main, are to be warmly welcomed.
“However, one aspect of the regeneration plan is of concern to many living on the east side,” and it continues, “I refer to the traffic management aspect of the proposed regeneration plan which calls for all traffic approaching Templeshannon from the west side of Enniscorthy (via old bridge) to detour down Templeshannon Quay, up Springvalley and back down the Shannon and Lower Shannon – a journey of almost a mile – before continuing to your destination on the east side of the Slaney.”
The following points are made. “Making this journey will entail encountering traffic going to and from four schools in the area, (St. Senans Primary, Colaiste Bride Girls Secondary, Gael Scoil and St. Patrick’s Special Schools) as well as traffic going to and from St. Senan’s Parish Church and the local supermarket. It’s the view of many that this proposal is simply not feasible, particularly in light of a counter-proposal which the Municipal Authority is fully aware of.”
The first meeting is tonight (Tuesday) and a further meeting will take place one week later at which other residential areas will be invited to attend.
Mr Doyle states; “In order to fully ascertain the views of all residents, I strongly urge you, or a representative of your family, to attend this very important meeting in light of the seriousness of what is proposed.”

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