Two councillors call for suspension of works on Dundalk cycle lanes

Councillors Maria Doyle and Jennifer Green both called for the suspension of the cycle lane work in town

Councillors Maria Doyle and Jennifer Green both called for the suspension of the cycle lane work in town

Cllr Green wanted the programme stopped and a urgent review while Cllr Doyle wanted to call a special meeting of the council to discuss the problem.

Cllr Doyle said the plan was not working. She supported the national policy but the big problem was the difference between policy and the people who have to live with the changes the cycle lanes are making to their lives and the streets where they live.

“If we wait until it is finished it will be harder to change it,” she said. “I think it is important to have a special meeting especially after listening to the Stapleton Place delegation.”

Cllr Martin Bellew said he did support the introduction of cycle lanes and thought most of the issues had been resolved, but unfortunately most people are against the way they are currently being constructed.

But he could not support Cllrs Doyle or Greene because he thought it would be safer to complete the work that had been started and “hopefully”, he said, “we will have a complete network”.

However, he was astonished at what has happened to some streets. The bollards in Chapel street are massive and houses there can’t get oil deliveries.

But he believed that the whole thing will come together and and when it is finished a special meeting could be called and the problems ironed out.