Following a meeting earlier this week of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, the idea of pedestrianizing Enniscorthy Market Square was discussed.
The plan would involve closing off the streets around the market square in Enniscorthy to vehicular traffic, from a set time each morning (10/11am) until evening time (5/6pm), in a similar way as would be done during the rocking food festival.
The thinking behind this idea appears to be that local businesses could use the road areas in front of their shops for queuing, or restaurants/cafes could use their section of road to put out tables to assist with social distancing.
A steering group has been established to examine the idea more closely. The steering group consists of Cllr Kathleen Codd Nolan, District Manager Ger Mackey, a representative from the Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community.
However, WexfordToday understands that some of the town’s business people are not enthusiastic about the idea, despite suggestions to the contrary. Since the idea has been made public, it has emerged that business owners in Enniscorthy were not surveyed for their views.
The obvious fear among business owners in the square, is that banning traffic from Rafter Street, Weafer Street, Lower Main Street and Castle Street, would deter people from shopping in the town centre, thus slowing the recovery for many local businesses.
To quote one business owner – “the solution may be worse than the problem”.