10 Jul 2012
Kieran’s Comments, Skehard Road Roundabout, Cork City Council Meeting, 9 July 2012
On my motion Lord Mayor,
It speaks about just one reaction of many to the removal of the roundabout and the many knock on affects that are beginning to materialise.
There is alot of anger out there, there are many people who have signed up to petitions to reinstate the roundabout. This is a project that has been berated in the local area and even in the media as a waste of tax payer’s money.
There is no local buy into this project and many residents have voiced their concerns that they are not being listened to with regards to the dangers of health and safety of traffic using roads like Churchyard Lane as rat runs.
Certainly it would have been better if the people in Brickfields could have been accommodated without the removal of the roundabout.
I would ask that City management, the director of the Roads Directorate meet with a contingent of residents to listen to their fears and to allay some of their fears by implementing traffic calming measures, whatever they may be in their neighbourhoods,
and that they be competed in conjunction with the current works, more so than waiting for this project to be finished and then faced with further knock on effects.