Traffic calming plans hit by funds

PLANS to introduce traffic calming measures at the recently reopened Maxwell’s Row could be hampered by a lack of funding, it was revealed at last Tuesday’s town council meeting in the Town Hall.

PLANS to introduce traffic calming measures at the recently reopened Maxwell’s Row could be hampered by a lack of funding, it was revealed at last Tuesday’s town council meeting in the Town Hall.

Town Council chairman Cllr Conor Keelan and Fine Gael’s Cllr Eamonn O’Boyle both submitted motions on the recently reopened road at the meeting.

Cllr Keelan asked for a temporary road closure to be put into operation in order to make the street a cul de sac. He said that with the road being reopened it was putting the lives of people at risk as the road has to be crossed to get to the local school, vehicles were waking residents late at night, pollution from traffic was affecting peoples’ quality of life and he also insisted that the road was not constructed to take the weight of HGVs.

His motion was seconded by Cllr Harry Todd while Cllr O’Boyle had a similar motion to implement a weight limit of 3.5 ton on the street also seconded by Cllr Sean Bellew.

Speaking on the subject, Cllr Keelan said that 90pc of residents had signed a petition for the road to be reclosed, insisting they were “very concerned” with the reopening and pointing out that “HGVs have in the past used this area as a rat run.”

He said that, at the very least, the council, should look into some form of traffic calming measure.

Cllr Todd backed him up saying: “It is needed in that area. I don’t know if we can get the road closed but what is needed is ramps. There is a lot of speeding here and there are kids about so we need to slow traffic down.”

Cllr O’Boyle said that he was also canvassed on the matter by residents but said he did not think it would be feasible to close the road again.

Cllr Keelan said he would agree with the introduction of ramps as it “would inhibit HGVs in particular and also other traffic from picking up speed” in the area.

However, Town Clerk Frank Pentony pointed out that there was “no spare cash” for any ramps and said that the council would have to look at how feasible this was.

He warned that: “If you decide to put ramps in this area then the money has to come from somewhere else.”

Cllr O’Boyle asked the council to do a costing on the matter “if not this year, then next year” to which Mr Pentony said they would come back with a report to see if it was possible. He said, however, there was a legal process to such a decision and submissions would have to be taken before anything was done on the matter.

In the end it was agreed to pass Cllr O’Boyle’s motion for a weight limit restriction, with it being amended to three ton on the recommendation of Cllr Keelan.