RGDATA calls for national guidance on traffic management and Covid mobility schemes

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RGDATA director general Tara Buckley

Association says temporary Covid mobility and traffic management/pedestrianisation schemes are driving people away from town centres

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Retail group RGDATA has called for national guidance on traffic management and Covid mobility schemes due to impact on Town Centre vitality

In letters to Ministers Heather Humphreys, Damien English and Peter Burke, the association asked that the government to address the concerns of town centre retailers about temporary Covid mobility and traffic management/pedestrianisation schemes that are driving people away from town centres.

Director general of the RGDATA, Tara Buckley said: “Town and village retailers are frustrated by the lack of proper consultation on these schemes and the fact that many are actually driving shoppers away from town centre shops. The silo-based approach to Town regeneration – where each division of Government works in silos on its own projects – has been an abject failure and the shocking high vacancy and dereliction rates in many of Ireland’s towns and villages is the result. RGDATA is also seeking an update on the long-promised Town Centre First Policy and is urging Government to get on with its implementation.”

The RGDATA is the representative association for over 4,000 independent family-owned grocery shops, convenience stores, forecourt stores and supermarkets in Ireland.

To read the letters, visit: www.rgdata.ie/memb/images/rgdata/pdf/Letters_to_Ministers.pdf

 

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