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Waterpark, Carrigaline Needs Traffic Calming

Writes Leo McMahon


A call for traffic calming measures on the main thoroughfare in Waterpark, Carrigaline was made by Cllr Jack White (FG) at the recent meeting of the county council’s Carrigaline Municipal District.

‘An extra ramp on the well-lit flat section at or near the traffic lights by the old shop would be hugely beneficial’, he stated.

Cllr White pointed out that there was a high volume of traffic using the road from people living there and drivers passing through to and from the Fernhill Road that leads to Ringaskiddy.  The request had come from residents of Cedarwood and other estates in Waterpark.

There were ramps to the east and west but a gap in between by the former shop resulting in speeding. The traffic lights were rarely activated and with the main green near the old shop, there was the danger of children playing there running out on to the main road after a dog or football and he feared it was only a matter of time before there was a serious accident. He also suggested the crossing have a raised table.

Slow down! Traffic calming is needed at Waterpark, Carrigaline says Cllr Jack White (FG) - photo Leo McMahon

Cllr Una McCarthy (FG) spoke in support and agreed that an extra ramp in the gap would deter drivers picking up speed.

Senior executive engineer, Madeleine Healy replied that the matter would be investigated regarding assessing suitability for consideration due to the existence of traffic calming measures there already as well as being a designated 30kph zone with dedicated pedestrian and cycling facilities in place’.

Riverside walk

Cllr White asked when the riverside paths behind railings off Mill Road and Pottery Road (the new Carrigaline Western Relief Road) would be open for public use because these were falling into disrepair, adding that they would be great amenities. Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) concurred. The engineer undertook to investigate.

In reply to a query from Cllr White, an Cathaoirleach Cllr Audrey Buckley (FF) said election posters could not go up until 30 days before polling day. Crosshaven Tidy Towns would send an email to candidates showing where posters could be erected in that locality which was poster free in the previous election.

At the previous meeting, there was a motion from Cllr Buckley to agree on poster free zones in the MD ahead of the elections and a consensus that there would be designated places in localities for posters for every candidate.

Senior executive officer Maurice Murphy said he would enquire from the council’s corporate services section what the procedure was for the entire MD since there were legislative guidelines.

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