East Cork Municipality Cllrs have backed a call on Cork County Council for additional road safety measures to tackle speed on a busy road near Mogeely.
The route, which runs from Killeagh through Mogeely and onto the Two Mile Inn near Midleton, is plagued with speeding motorists avoiding long queues during the morning and evening rush hour along the N25 at Castlemartyr.
Last September the villagers secured agreement that the Local Authority would provide road safety measures, when people living in the Glan Fia Estate, terrified of speeding cars, resorted to driving their children the 150 yards to the local playground.
Some road lining works were carried out on the Killeagh road out of the village, which included two slow signs at either side of the play area.
Two driver repeater speed signs, one at Páirc an Aonaigh with a second located near the new cemetery in Killeagh, were erected to complement the road realignment.
At Monday’s sitting of the East Cork Municipality Cllr Danielle Twomey told the Executive that more needs to be done to ensure the safety of children.
She said “the driver feedback signs are clearly not working, with parents afraid to use the play area because of the speed.”
The Sinn Fein Cllr continued “while speed is a matter for An Garda Síochána, Council should prioritise the safety of children at the playground area.”
Fianna Fail Cllr James O’Connor concurred with Cllr Twomey stating “anywhere we have children on a road like that, there is always potential for something tragic to happen. We’ve seen this in other locations down through the years.”
Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clarke said the safety measures already put in place by Cork County Council “has provided for lower traffic speeds.”
“The enforcement of the 50kph speed limit is a matter for the Gardaí.”
“Any further traffic calming measures can be considered once the Council’s policy on traffic calming in towns and villages is adopted” he said.
Cllr Michael Hegarty said he was not happy with the approach the Municipality is taking to traffic calming, when other districts in the County appear to adopt a different approach.
“In Castlelyons School there are rumble strips down through the village, and they are also in the village of Conna.”
He said he “couldn’t understand the reluctance from the top table to install these.”