The Clare County Council initiative which led to the controversial pedestrianisation of parts of Ennis has been nominated for a national award.
It’s one of six nominations received by the Council in the most prestigious awards event for local authorities.
The Ennis Town Centre Mobility Plan, which was enacted in response to COVID-19, was not without controversy.
While it included a number of measures, the standout step taken by the Council saw central parts of Ennis sealed off for much of the working week.
Some businesses say it has hurt their trade, though it also has its supporters too, and the Council has kept the plan under review.
It has now been singled out as one of the top initiatives in any Municipal District in this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards.
In all, Clare County Council has six nominations over the 16 categories.
The Ennistymon Multi-Service Innovation Centre, the Ballyalla Lake Amenity Enhancement Plan, the Clare Food & Drink Fleadh, the Restoration of The Turret Lodge in Kilrush and a library service initiative involving locally-based families from Syria have all also been shortlisted for awards.
Winners will be announced at the end of next month.