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Dungannon traders welcome new works in Market Square

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WORKS to rectify issues with the first phase of Dungannon's public realm works are to get underway this week, but reservations have been expressed by the town's Traders' Association.
Concerns have been expressed over the proximity of the work to the Christmas rush, though traders have stressed their hope the remedial work will indeed go a long way towards resolving the issues caused by the realm works.
A meeting was held last week in the town to discuss the issue ahead of the commencement of works, promting traders, particularly those outside the Square to express their concerns.
Speaking on behalf of Dungannon Traders' Association, Chair Stephen Mohan said: "It is with a little relief and also a little trepidation that we now see Council begin the restructure and change to the town's Market Square area.
”The previous scheme was hit with all types of changes and delays and the outcome was unfit for purpose. We can only hope that it will not be the case this time around.
”Can I take the time to stress that the 11-12 week work programme would have been better suited to a mid January-March period rather than jeopardising traders' businesses coming into a busy Christmas period.
”We do, howeve,r understand the willingness to complete this scheme and also the concerns by Market Square traders who have long suffered from a particularly poorly managed first phase development."
The first public realm works were universally unpopular with visitors to the town and traders alike.
Of particular concern was the bottlenecking in the car park at the Square and the bizarre presence of a barrier in the middle of the car park in the Square, preventing pedestrians moving freely from the car park to the other side of the Square.
Mr Mohan also stressed how important it is these new works will rectify the situation.
”As I have stated, this is a major restructure and can only hope that all the plans and indeed preparation will be adapted to allow for better pedestrian and traffic flow. This is indeed a critical period for our town and I do hope that the lesson learned from the last scheme's failures will benefit a successful outcome this time around.
”We feel this opportunity allows Council to rectify the legacy of the past, but shall watch and await with patience its outcome before we gauge the benefits.
”Finally, may we ask our traders, customers and all the town folk to support their town as it embarks on another discovery of change and to wish council consultants, contracts team, and all the many stakeholders much success in completing and reshaping a positive outcome.
”Our town deserves and indeed requires this to be a credible alternative to what we have now."

 

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