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Nothing decided over Castletown square

Plans in the hands of DOI

The chairman of Castletown Commissioners says nothing has been decided between the board and government over plans to pedestrianize the ancient capital’s square.

Colin Leather gave an update to his fellow commissioners at a public meeting this week on the local authority’s efforts to make changes to parking in the town.

A proposal has been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure over ridding Market Square of all parking, and talks are ongoing between the two parties.

Mr Leather says nothing has been decided and many options are up for discussion.

Possible pedestrianisation had sparked outcry by some shops close to the centre, who claimed the loss in parking would see a downturn in business.

Castletown Commissioners downplayed these concerns, stating that there’s more than adequate space for cars in the town, with additional parking being made available elsewhere.

A separate but linked bid by the local authority to have parking in the square reduced to a 30 minute limit is believed to be much further advanced, but a public consultation will be held before this can come into force.

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