Concerns raised over positioning of flower planters

At last Thursday’s Roscommon Municipal District meeting, councillors said some members of the public have expressed concern about the location of one of the new flower planters recently installed in the new-look town centre.

Raising the issue of the positioning of the new flower planters, Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher said that the one close to a disabled parking space (opposite Newsround/The Central Bar) could prove to be an obstruction for a driver or passenger.

Councillors Orla Leyden, Marty McDermott and Anthony Waldron supported Cllr. Shanagher’s point on disabled parking spaces and the positioning of flower planters.

Cllr. Waldron said that a meeting of the Access for All group had recently been deferred but would hopefully be held soon (Director of Services Ms. Majella Hunt indicated that she would like to see the outcome of the meeting in due course).

Responding to councillors’ comments, Ms. Hunt said there had been six disabled parking spaces prior to the public realm project, and there are still six now.

Responding to Cllr. McDermott’s suggestion that one of the spaces may be “too small”, the Director of Services insisted “they are fully to standard”, adding that there is a ‘drob-kerb’ which should be utilised by people.

On the issue of the flower planter which has been the subject of some negative feedback, Cllr. Orla Leyden said she would expect it to be moved.

Ms. Hunt: “The planter won’t be moved, it will be adjusted. If we move one planter, we have to move them all. People need to get used to the drop-kerb”.