A petition to transform the lower prom in Tramore into a pedestrian access only space has been compiled by Tramore Eco Group.
The area, which was closed to traffic during the height of the pandemic has re-opened.
While many local businesses are pleased to see tourism return to the area, the pandemic afforded people the opportunity to see the prom without traffic congestion, and the potential for the area to be a social focal point.
The petition reads:
“Tramore Eco Group would like to see the Promenade between Moe’s Café and the public toilets pedestrianised. A promenade should be a paved, public walk, not a one-way road with car parking space for 50+cars and campervans.
This part of the Prom has several coffee shops, fish and chips, ice-cream shop, a skateboard park, a surf club, and the National Surf & Lifeguard Training Centre. A café culture has evolved over the last few years with people gathering after walking, swimming, surfing, etc. It is about time the road was pedestrianised with more tables for people to sit out and enjoy their coffee or ice-cream in the fresh air.”
The area which draws large crowds, particularly in peak season, is popular with motorcyclists, campervans, and children using the adjacent skate park.
The petition continues to cite the area as an ideal space for live music, market stalls and other activities. There is currently investigation into allowing cars to park facing the sea, leaving the other side of the road for café seating. This would still fall short of what this petition looks proposes.
“It was a very pleasant atmosphere-then the cars came back.”
Petition can be viewed here https://www.change.org/p/the-people-of-tramore-and-visitors-to-tramore-pedestrianise-the-promenade-in-tramore