Caitriona McClean, Fianna Fáil activist and candidate in GE20 is proposing to local businesses and residents of Lucan that the Main Street be closed to traffic on Saturday evenings and Sundays during the summer to facilitate the better use of pavements and outdoor space for outside dining purposes. ‘People are longing to meet up for a coffee, or a meal and a chat.’ says Caitríona. If we could facilitate businesses to increase their outdoor space, we would all benefit, she suggests.
Restrictions have meant that the many businesses, including cafes, restaurants and pubs in Lucan village have had to close their doors in recent months with a loss of business and a visible and thriving community which characterizes so well the people of Lucan. The Lucan Festival is a much looked forward to inclusive community annual event normally held at the end of the summer but was cancelled due the pandemic last summer. The Main Street is normally closed for traffic during the festival Sunday and that works very well according to McClean.
‘ We know this has worked before and I suggest in order to make it safer for people to eat outdoors and for young families to enjoy a Sunday afternoon together in the village, we agree to pedestrianize the Main Street during the summer months this year for certain hours during the weekend. ‘
Caitriona has already put this suggestion forward on social media, and would be happy to hear the points of view of others. She is writing to South Dublin County Council to ask for their help and advice regarding times and will speak with Garda regarding their position. She suggests from 4pm to 11pm on Saturdays, and from 12 til 8pm on Sundays . The Council is already providing grants for businesses to expand outdoor dining so clearly there is official support for businesses.
‘ Local businesses deserve all our support, and anything we can do to provide opportunities to trade in a safe environment should be considered’ says Caitríona McClean.
Caitríona believes that many would welcome this initiative aimed at providing opportunities for families to support local enterprise while relaxing and enjoying the outdoors in the summer months.