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Traffic Calming Scheme At Last For Ballygarvan Village

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Traffic Calming Scheme At Last For Ballygarvan Village

Writes Leo McMahon

‘It’s rare that a councillor has a tear in the eye but this is an absolutely fantastic day for the people of the Ballygarvan area’ declared Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) at the monthly meeting of Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) on being told that the county council is to proceed to planning with proposals for traffic calming in Ballygarvan and upgrading Bowen’s Cross on the R600 road near Fivemilebridge.

Circulating plans and outlining the scheme for Ballygarvan on the R613, executive engineer Michal Dymet said the proposals included: 1) alterations to existing footpaths, linking same and concrete build-outs; 2) a raised table and controlled pedestrian crossing plus speed ramps at the village exits; 3) new road markings and signs; 4) new and altered storm drainage; 5) extension of the bridge on its southern side to accommodate a new footpath (currently no paths) and 6) landscaping and other works to improve visibility etc.

Mr. Dymet said it was necessary to put measures in place to mitigate the effects of traffic on the regional road through the village, especially heavy goods vehicles. Purchase of land was required and the property section was actively working on it.

With a shop and church on one side of the road and the school and commercial premises on the other, there was need for a pedestrian crossing just west of the school road.

The possible timelines for the ‘Part 8’ planning applications for this and the Bowen’s Cross scheme were: display for public inspection until July 22nd; deadline for submissions, August 12th; report from the chief executive on August 26th; further discussion by the MD on September 5th; approval by the full council later that month and going to tender after that.

Proposing the scheme’s advertisement in the press, Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan said it was the subject of his first motion as a councillor in 2019 when he was told there were no drawings, no funding, no land agreement and no timelines. He specially thanked senior engineer John Slattery as well as landowners and the community.

Cllr Jack White (FG) concurred, saying there wasn’t a week that went by that they weren’t each contacted by concerned residents of Ballygarvan and Bowen’s Cross but also from people in Bandon-Kinsale MD who travelled the road regularly.

The scheme for Ballygarvan was very welcome and a very obvious reason to slow down, commented Cllr Michael Paul Murtagh (FG). Cllr Seamus McGrath (FF) said it was a very important scheme given the high footfall and through traffic. Several public representatives had worked on this back to the time Ballygarvan was in the Bandon-Kinsale area. Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) congratulated Mr. Slattery and his team saying both schemes were long overdue.

Chairperson Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) also noted the input of past as well as present councillors.

On a proposal by Cllr Dalton-O’Sullivan, seconded by Cllr Buckley, the MD gave the go-ahead to the council to advertise the scheme as proposed.

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