Pedestrianisation of Emmett Place
Public Notice in Compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Section 38) as amended by the Public Transportation Regulation Act, 2009 (Section 46)
Emmett Place Pedestrianisation
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, as amended by the Public Transport Regulation Act, 2009 (Section 46), Cork City Council proposes to introduce traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access to Emmett Place, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from its junction with the Crawford Gallery car park entrance to its junction with Lavitts Quay and to change the one way road to a two way road from its junction with Drawbridge St. to its junction with the Crawford Gallery car park entrance.
Cork City Council is continuing to implement a programme of measures to support the local economy and to support both residents and the public in living and working in the city centre and town centres while we all learn to live with this Pandemic and as Government direction allows in response to the various levels of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. The contagious virus is a constant which means that while public health recommendations such as social distancing, respiratory hygiene and hand washing will be more important than ever, action in the city is being undertaken on an ongoing basis by the Council to facilitate these changes.
In cities across Europe there is emerging evidence of the reallocation of additional road space to walking and cycling in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly being pursued as the best available option to safely facilitate the movement of a considerable volume of people to work, education and amenities. While this approach protects health and well - being, all interventions will need to be fully considered across all stakeholder interest groups.
The temporary changes to the layout of streets implemented earlier this year in order to maintain adequate separation space for public health social distancing requirements continue to be important in the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Cork City Council now propose to implement some of these changes on a more permanent basis, one of which is outlined below.
Submissions are invited from the public, stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed introduction of traffic calming measures to restrict vehicular access to Emmett Place. Details of the proposals are available to view by visiting https://consult.corkcity.ie . Alternatively, they will be made available for inspection by appointment at Reception Desk, Cork City Council, City Hall, Cork on working days from Friday 25th of September 2020 to Monday 2nd of November, 2020 from 9am to 4.30pm. Please phone 021-4924000 in advance to arrange an appointment.
Representations in relation to the proposals, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made;
- In writing to Senior Executive Engineer, Traffic Operations, Room 339, City Hall, Cork. It should be clearly marked “Enhanced Pedestrianisation of Selected City Streets Section 38” or
- electronically https://consult.corkcity.ie
Closing date for receipt of submissions is on or before 5.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd of November 2020. All comments, including names and addresses of those making submissions and observations, submitted to Cork City Council in regard to this scheme, will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at the monthly meeting of Cork City Council. Accordingly, they will be included in the minutes of that meeting and may appear in the public domain. Cork City Council will retain data for no longer than is necessary and in accordance with the Council’s Data Protection Policy and Privacy Statement (available to view on www.corkcity.ie) and relevant Data Protection legislation. Cork City Council is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 2014 , and the Environmental Information Regulations, so the release of information to the public is also governed by such legislation. Disclosure of information will be dependent on exemptions and the public interest test.
Emmett Place Pedestrianisation
In order to facilitate improved pedestrian movement and to enhance social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cork City Council proposes to close the section of Emmett Place from its junction with Drawbridge Street to it’s junction with the Crawford Gallery car park entrance, to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to change the one way system on Emmett Place between it’s junction with Drawbridge Street and it’s junction with the Crawford Gallery car park entrance to a two-way system. The closure will create a large pedestrian zone right in the heart of the city centre island in an area where there is significant pedestrian footfall enhanced by the cultural and restaurant offerings in the area including the Cork Opera House, the Crawford Art Gallery and a high density of cafés and restaurants. In addition, the area is used by pedestrians to access retail areas such as St. Patrick Street, Opera Lane and the Paul Street area.
This section of the street has been temporarily closed over the last few months and as part of that temporary closure, a small quantum of parking/loading bay was removed. This arrangement will continue under this proposal. Initially the closure will be given effect by installing bollards in lockable sockets on Emmett Place just north of its junction with the Crawford Gallery car park entrance and at the junction of Emmett Place /Lavitts Quay. In the longer term it may be possible to implement a street refurbishment scheme as part of the Crawford redevelopment. Advance warning signs will be provided on Lavitts Quay and Half Moon Lane. The current speed limit on Emmett Place is 30 km/h.
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