THE Adare Business Association has appealed for the help and co-operation of Limerick City and County Counil in its bid to improve Adare’s status as a notorious national traffic black-spot.
A delegation from the association made a presentation at the first meeting of the newly elected councillors of the Adare Rathkeale Municipal District this Tuesday and outlined what they argued were the main problems as well as putting forward a plan of action.
Adare is a traffic black-spot, there is limited parking and disorganised signage, Gay Piert-Murphy, who spoke on behalf of the association’s 55 businesses, told the six councillors.
But she stressed that while acknowledging that a by-pass was necessary, their focus was on “what can we do in the meantime to improve Adare” and make it a safe, accessible and thriving place to visit, to live in and to do business.
One of the traffic challenges identified by the association was the roundabout on the Main St, Ms Piert-Murphy said, explaining how a sequence of events beginning with parking on double-yellow lines led to traffic backing up along the street.
Ultimately, she said, traffic, particularly coaches were avoiding Adare and moving straight on to Kerry. Adare cannot afford to lose this business, she stressed.
On the issue of double yellow lines, the association argued that they needed to be repainted, some needed to be elongated and the no-parking indicated by their presence needed to be enforced.
Traffic flow was also interrupted by pedestrians crossing the road in ones and twos and the association argued for a flashing green man system to be put in place at Lohans and outside the church which would attract pedestrians and reduce stop/start of traffic.
Following a previous meeting with councillors, the ABA had met with the Garda Superintendent for the district and had also made respresentations to Lady Dunraven about making land available for further parking at the rear of the Heritage Centre car park.
However, the association also suggested that a re-alignment of the current car park and the resiting of the bottle bank could free up more parking spaces. The association’s members, for their part, were requesting suppliers to deliver early in the day in order to prevent traffic hold-ups and parking issues, Ms Piert-Murphy said.
The ABA also wants action on signage, where the problems range from too many signs on poles to signs being too small or too big. “We want to meet the person in charge of town signage,” Ms Piert-Murphy said.
Following the presentation, district chairman Cllr Tom Neville said a number of the issues raised could be dealt with quickly such as painting the parking lines while Cllr Kevin Sheahan commended the association for its approach. “They have been very clear they are willing to do their fair share,” he said.
However, Cllr Stephen Keary said a bigger car park at the rear of the Heritage Centre would not solve the problem and argued that the solution was to locate a coach park at the entrance to Adare.Cllr Kevin Sheahan said it could be possible to locate a temporary coach park outside the village and where coaches would operate on a drop-off and park basis. “You need an acre of ground ouside the town,” he said.
Adare needs a traffic warden, Cllr Richard O’Donoghue said but Cllr Ciara McMahon did not agree, arguing that it put people off stopping.
On the issue of the double-yellow parking lines, she said “that is a council issue that shouldn’t have gotten to this stage.”