Monday 26 August 2019

No room for coaches in new Crescent Quay

Wexford Municipal Borough meeting

The redesign of Crescent Quay removes the set-down area for coaches
The redesign of Crescent Quay removes the set-down area for coaches

Maria Pepper

A Labour councillor has warned that the Council's failure to include a set-down area for coaches in the newly-refurbished Crescent Quay will cost the town money in lost tourist revenue.

Before a major renovation project began on the Crescent, student and visitor coaches were able to set down outside Asple's accountancy offices.

At a meeting of the local authority, Cllr. Maura Bell asked:'Will there be a set-down area now for coaches that come into town'.

'At the moment, there doesn't appear to be one', responded the Borough Engineer, Sean Kavanagh.

The Mayor, Cllr George Lawlor said he was informed by the Special Projects Team in charge of the Crescent that there is one.

Mr. Kavanagh said there is a bus stop, but at the moment, there is no provision for long-term set down.

'You can't park at a bus stop', he said.

Cllr. Bell said coaches regularly come into town from the Irish National Heritage Park (where she is manager) but now there is nowhere for them to park. She asked for the situation to be clarified and asked: 'Are we going to lose that spend in town'.

The Borough Engineer said he was hoping that this and other matters could be considered during a review of town traffic issue and promised to get back to councillors with more information.

The Mayor said the Crescent work is due to be finished before the end of August and councillors need to know before the next meeting if there is a provision for coaches. 'We need to get a resolution of this. We are a tourist town and to have nowhere for coaches to set down and park is nonsensical'.

Cllr. John Hegarty said he didn't think that an area where the Council has spent €2 million upgrading infrastructure, is the right place to park buses.

Wexford People

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