Sir, – The buzzword has to be pedestrianisation, according to any council official who has gone on a junket to European hotspots. The saviour of our towns and cities, the holy grail of urban planning. The green utopia of the future. It would appear that every town and village in Ireland should have its public spaces reclassified as European-style boulevards.
However, the costs to our residents, businesses and the very essence of community are not being calculated. It would appear more and more communities are standing together and speaking up against the council-scaping of our public spaces.
Is a village really just one big beer garden waiting to happen ?
Is a town where citizens cannot access their doctors, dentists, post offices, barbers and hardware store going to cure all ills with strong lattés? – Yours, etc,