Activists who are fighting for increased road safety measures through their village have taken their campaign to the East Cork Municipality. The residents of Dungourney and Clonmult have called for a permanent fix to speeding cars that cut through their village.
A deputation of concerned residents called on the Borough to install speed bumps and improve signage on all approaches to both villages, to make motorists aware they are entering an urban area. The residents say the situation has become critical with speeding vehicles putting pedestrian safety at risk.
The residents said some motorists are driving too fast through Dungourney, which is intersected by seven roads.
They say a similar situation has presented itself in Clonmult where the road infrastructure requires increased funding to meet the population growth of the area.
Michael Geaney told the December Sitting of the East Cork Municipality that increased traffic volumes and speed has deteriorated the road significantly, and impacted on people’s ability to cross the road safely.
A review of road safety carried out by the Dungourney Clonmult Community Council has highlighted a number of low cost safety issues that need to be addressed in both villages, the Executive was told.
Wayne Halloran, Chairman of the Community Council, said on some of the approaches to Dungourney there is no signage alerting the motorist to the village and, where there are signs, they are obscured by hedging. He said in Clonmult there is no entrance signage to the village, and it also lacks speed limits which are badly needed. The Community Council Chairman said “the unique thing about Clonmult is that there is a lot of recreational activity. The perception is that it is a local road and is safer to walk, but there are a lot of heavy goods vehicles travelling at hazardous speeds.”
Municipal Chairman Noel Collins said the problems of Dungourney have been debated ad nauseam over the years with little or no progress. If anything they have worsened. The Independent Cllr said recommendations from An Garda Siochána to have Council road safety and signage set in motion in and around the school, have failed. He said if the delegation do not get any satisfaction from Council they should return again.
Fine Gael Cllr Micheal Hegarty said sight lines at Rathorgan cross are totally inadequate and need urgent attention. He said crash barriers are also necessary on the approach into the village from Midleton.
Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Mary Linehan Foley, commended the Deputation for their presentation, stating they not only raised their many concerns but also made a number of observations to have them resolved. She added “landowners need to be reminded of their responsibility to maintain their roadside ditches and verges.”
Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clark said that, given the detail and observations made, he would need to take some time to consider Councils’ response.
Mr Clark is expected to deliver his Report at the February meeting of the Municipal District.