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Bid To Slow Traffic On Lower Kilmoney Road

Road markings and other measures to curb speeding along Lower Kilmoney Road, Carrigaline were requested by Cllr. Ben D’Alton O’Sullivan at the monthly meeting of Cork County Council’s Carrigaline Municipal District (MD).

He called for ‘SLOW’ to be marked on the road and reminder 50kph signs in both directions near Maurland, Woodview and Clevedon.

In reply to his motion on this, senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy said road markings could be done. Speed limit signs were in place.

Cllr Liam O’Connor (FG) said Owenabue car park, Carrigaline was in a poor state with lots of pot holes. He asked that the surface be repaired and parking bays re-lined.

In support, cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) requested the same at Bank of Ireland junction, Carrigaline.

The engineer said doing something with the surface there had got caught up in other projects such as the Cork Harbour Main Drainage Scheme, the proposed Public Realm Enhancement Scheme and the upcoming relocation of the public toilet. In the short term, she undertook to speak to MD officials about funding to carry out some temporary works. She added that there was a long list of re-lining jobs to be carried out in the area when weather permitted.

In a report, MD officer Noelle Desmond said the public toilet located in Owenabue car park would be moved to a location near the playground in Carrigaline Community Park in the second quarter of this year.

Cllr McGrath pointed out that he requested this 18 months ago, adding it was badly needed for users of the playground, exercise equipment, skateboard and others at the park. The engineer said the civil works were done and having spoken to supplier JC Decaux it was proposed to have a bigger and more modern toilet unit at the park but this had raised the question of additional financial costs for the MD regarding maintenance etc. It was intended however, to install the facility as soon as possible and Ms Desmond said it would probably be funded from the MD’s Town Development Fund.

Ms Desmond said a contractor had been appointed and work on the running track at the park was due to start towards end of March.

However, the contractor required a minimum ground temperature of 12 degrees to properly adhere the surface.

To Cllr O’Connor’s request for a drinking station at the park, the engineer said the practicality and cost of ensuring, maintaining and regularly testing a public water supply would first have to be considered.

‘Bizarre’ was how Cllr McGrath, along with Cllr O’Connor reacted when informed there was National Transport Authority (NTA) funding to extend the bus shelter opposite Cogan’s Garage, Cork Road, Carrigaline. They argued that instead, the existing shelter should stay there and a new one be erected at Upper Kilmoney Road near the shop because there were a long standing call for one there.

It was agreed to contact the Traffic and Transportation section and get clarification. NTA funding is also earmarked for a bus shelter at Ringaskiddy.

A bicycle rack near Carrigaline Library was requested by Cllr McGrath.

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