Turnpike Residents Relieved After Controversial Parking Plans Abandoned

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Residents in the Turnpike area of Ennis are expressing relief, after a controversial proposal to ban roadside parking there has been abandoned.

The draft proposal by Clare County Council to install 46 bollards outside businesses and premises there, while constructing a new car park on an existing green, has been withdrawn following strong opposition from those living locally.

The local authority will now meet with local representatives and members of the business community, to discuss and agree a solution to health and safety concerns that have been raised in the area.


More than 200 people had signed a petition opposing it and local man Tony Coote says it’s vital they protect their green spaces for generations to come:

Statement from Clare County Council 

At the May 2018 Municipal District Meeting, Clare County Council was requested by Elected Members to assess the Gallows Hill junction in the Turnpike area taking into consideration the health and safety of all road users and residents, as well as the needs of local businesses. Ennis MD outlined in the January 2019 meeting that an initial draft discussion document would be circulated to all members and local businesses.

It is clear from the initial feedback that elements of discussion document is not to the satisfaction of the businesses/residents of the area. A further meeting between Council Officials, Elected Members and the Business community in the area will be arranged in order to further discuss & agree a proposed solution to the health & safety concerns raised at this location.