Short-term parking space for Poplar Square in Naas
The ongoing saga of the pedestrianization of Poplar Square in Naas was briefly released at the Naas Municipal District meeting in April.
Some businessmen have criticized the plan, but the area is constantly used by members of the public and there is off-street parking nearby.
Cllr Anne Breen called for a click-and-collect device so people can pick up their purchases at premises like the take-out operator. Cllr Breen opposed pedestrianization on the grounds that local businesses oppose the loss of parking spaces.
However, Cllr Colm Kenny pointed out that the area is used a lot more now that the winter weather is gone.
KCC official Mairead Hunt said a space suitable for older people could not be provided without changing parking regulations (which can only happen once a year), but it would be possible to provide a short shutdown. Mrs Hunt thinks it would be best provided at the end of the traffic lights in the square. She said KCC intends to continue testing this project over the summer months for public use.
Where restrictions permit, bicycle racks, seating suitable for the elderly and tables accessible to wheelchairs will be installed. The public will be invited to give their opinion to inform the future conception of “this public space”. She said the project had been very successful with the space and seating used almost constantly.