Peel’s Patrick Street to remain two-way
THE intention to make a section of Patrick Street in Peel one-way has been dropped by the Department of Infrastructure.
The move follows consultation with affected residents, which were against the proposed change.
The proposed one-way was the second phase of the Peel Traffic Management Plan. After five years of meetings and consultations regarding the plan, Peel Commissioners are disappointed and concerned about the decision to ditch this second phase.
On Tuesday at Peel Commissioners’ public meeting, deputy chairman Christine Moughtin said: ‘As a resident of Patrick Street I am gutted, to say the traffic would speed up is neither here nor there. Because of the way people park, you are still going to have to come down with caution. For the people who live there it is only around the block, for goodness sake.’
Commissioner Neil Cushing pointed out that as phase two of a three-phase plan had been reversed, what would happen with regards to the other phase of the overall Peel Traffic Management Plan?
Mr Cushing asked whether the plan is ‘now dead in the gutter or not?’
He asked about whether the department now intends to start from scratch to tackle the parking problems in the town.
Phase two would have made the section of Patrick Street between North View and Heathfield Drive one-way in the direction of the town centre.
Traffic heading out of town, in the Glen Maye direction, would have been forced to use Heathfield Drive, West View and North View to get on to Glenfaba Road. Traffic calming measures would have been installed in West View.
Peel commissioners’ chairman Eric Beale suggested writing a letter to the highways division.
Phase one of the Peel Traffic Management Plan saw Church Street remain two way, but with no on-street parking during the working day. Meanwhile, Derby Road from the access to the cathedral down to Atholl Place became one-way, and Christian Street from Atholl Place to its junction with Church Street also became one-way.
In addition, more parking spaces have recently been created on Peel’s promenade, near the Creg Malin.
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