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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Traders react quickly to clear Main Street

MARIA PEPPER

QUICK WORK BY Wexford traders ensured that the Main Street was largely cleared of snow by Tuesday afternoon so that shoppers could walk safely along the footpaths.

A snow plan formulated by business owners during the earlier arctic episode two weeks ago, was put into action straight away. Individual traders, male and female, got out and shovelled snow from outside their premises while a private digger which was delayed in traffic, worked along the centre of the street. The Town Clerk Pat Collins commended the initiative of the town's traders in bringing a digger onto the Main Street to clear snow so quickly on Tuesday and said the Borough Council planned to clear footpaths on one side, on a number of key routes leading to the centre of town, so that people could continue doing their Christmas shopping.

He added that it would enable people to drive into the outskirts of Wexford on roads that were being gritted and walk safely to the centre of town.

The targeted areas include the routes from Trinity Street along the quays and on the Main Street; from Liam Mellows Park and Whitemill Road by Pettitt's supermarket, Thomas Street and Bride Street, and from Windmill Heights through Wygram, John Street and George's Street. There was a delay in the response by Council gritting machines in the immediate aftermath of the snowfall as they were caught up in the traffic chaos that hit all areas of Wexford town on Tuesday morning but they got to work as soon as the traffic was flowing more freely, according to the Town Clerk.

The Council was anticipating further problems caused by an anticipated freezeover on Tuesday night. ' That will present other problems', he said, adding that outdoor staff would be working from about 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The Town Clerk said salt and grit stocks should last through this latest arctic spell.

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