Call for road safety measures in Kilcornan

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

Safety concerns: Kilcornan Community Council members Randal Howlett, May Quilty, Eden Dore and Gillian Downes at the entrance to the community centre [Picture: Dave Gaynor]
Improved lighting and traffic calming measures are needed in Kilcornan to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and other people using the facilities in the area.

Improved lighting and traffic calming measures are needed in Kilcornan to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and other people using the facilities in the area.

That was the message from the Kilcornan Community Council who outlined their concerns to local councillors at this month’s Adare Rathkeale municipal district meeting.

Community Council chairman Randall Howlett told the meeting that the community centre and playing pitch complex was the focus of the community.

“There is a continuous flow of traffic to the school and a continuous flow of traffic to the pitches here and we would love to increase this traffic flow,” he said.

However, he pointed out that, with just four streetlights in the area and no traffic calming on the busy N69, the community was “very concerned” about the safety of people using the complex.

“Our very modest request is to provide lighting in the area and some form of traffic calming,” Mr Howlett added.

Anne-Marie O’Neill of the school’s parents association pointed out that the lighting was inadequate and that the area at night was “pitch dark”.

She added that haphazard parking also presented a danger to traffic and that it was their goal to put a system in place to improve the flow of traffic into and out of the school complex. “Ultimately, our aim is to have a properly lit up and lined carpark,” Ms O’Neill said.

Local councillor Emmett O’Brien said there was concern about the volume of traffic that was passing through the area. “There is a considerable lack of lighting, to my mind,” he said.

And he criticised the National Roads Authority for its “almost contemptuous” response to a request to have road safety measures put in place in the area.

Cllr Kevin Sheahan described the stretch of road from the Curraghchase crossroads to the church as a “deathtrap”.

“The number one priority is the need to have a footpath between here and the church,” he said.

He added that he hoped once the route for the N69 upgrade was decided, that the Kilcornan area could be looked at again “in its entirety”.

Cllr Stephen Keary pointed out that provisional proposals had been drawn up for the area.

“I am disappointed that it has gone nowhere. It is obviously sitting on a shelf somewhere gathering dust,” he said.

He was also critical of the council’s planning department for allowing the development of the pitch and community council without stipulating that traffic calming be put in place on the main road. “It is reckless to give planning if the infrastructure in not adequate,” he said.

Council operations manager Brian Kennedy pointed out that the NRA was aware of the situation in Kilcornan, but that it did not consider it a priority. However he said he could arrange a delegation from the council to meet the agency.