This is National Accessibility Week, being marked in South Dublin County Council by ‘A range of events’ (unfortunately the link to the brochure is not working and so I don’t have any further details). Coincidentally residents in the Marian Road area have brought to my attention the inaccessible state of their local shopping centre . . .
Rosemount Shopping Centre
As you can see there is no clear path to get to the shops from the lower direction of Marian Road or Orchardstown Avenue. At busy times the double yellow lines are regularly ignored which blocks the pathway even further.
The pavement outside Supervalu is quite crowded with a bicycle rack, shopping trolley park and a litter bin plonked right in the middle of the pavement!
This is an area with a high proportion of elderly residents, as well as families with young children in buggies who find these obstacles hard to manage but more urgently the road is not safe to cross. What was originally a small suburban road is now being used by a large volume of traffic heading to the great new Ballyroan Library, and the Community Centre – a proper pedestrian crossing is needed – with a staggered barrier instead of a straight fence to allow safe access to the pavement.