New Strategy For Town Centre Recommends Changes To Streetscapes And Public Spaces

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An impression contained in the Public Realm Strategy of what the Square could look like (from the direction of Abbeycourt) in the coming years.

A NEW strategy for Tralee, recommending changes to the streetscapes and public areas of the town, is to go to public consultation in the near future.

A draft of the Tralee Town Centre Public Realm Strategy 2018 was presented to councillors at the Tralee Municipal District meeting on Monday, where it received unanimous praise.

The action plan explores the existing quality of the streets and spaces within Tralee Town Centre and makes recommendations on their look, feel and use.

The plan will help guide public and private investment to enhance the heritage assets and socio-economic and cultural growth.

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While there are many aspects to the document, among the notable changes that caught our eye are in the Square and Market Place. Among the recommendations for The Square are;

• enhancing the current paving to be more high quality, robust and easily maintained, in the long term it should be an extension of the material palette used on The Mall

• removing the bollards and street furniture to open up the space

• the introduction of a line of trees on the eastern side (by Byrnesworth)

• consider a feature contemporary canopy

An aerial impression of the what the Square could look like in the coming years, contained in the Public Realm Strategy. Note trees also in the small square by the Christie Hennessy statue.

Another area which came in for review was Market Place, the small square opposite Dorringtons near The Ashe Hotel.

The strategy recommends getting rid of the parking spaces and introducing features such as;

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• paving the square in a quality stone material

• adding seating, trees and art to the space, encouraging people to dwell there

• promotion of shops and businesses with active facades and forecourt areas

See images below…

How Market Place looks now.

How Market Place looks now from the air.

An impression of how Market Place could look in years to come.

An aerial impression of how Market Place could look in years to come.

The document also contains recommendations for Milk Market Lane, Staughtons Row, Ashe Street, Rock Street, Denny Street, Boherbee, Castle Street and much more.

The Tralee Town Centre Public Realm Strategy 2018 will be published and go to public consultation in the coming months. People will have the chance to have their say on aspects of the plan before it goes back to the Council.

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