No easy solutions for Streamstown
A number of safety measures are to be taken on Streamstown Lane after local councillors expressed concerns for road safety in the area.
Prompted by the concerns of Fingal Mayor, Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) and Cllr David Healy (GP), the council issued a report on the matter stating it would carry out a ‘survey of vehicular and pedestrian use of the laneway’.
The council said that surveyh would help it ‘establish possible solutions to impede the use of Streamstown Lane as a rat-run’.
Secondly, the council stated the reasons for its reluctance to use speed ramps in the area, explaining: ‘Streamstown Lane is a narrow country lane which is approximately 4m wide. The lane is 800m long and would therefore require a minimum of eight ramps.
‘The public lighting on the lane is currently not sufficient for the provision of ramps. Vehicle activated signage could be considered but it would be difficult to place these in every location where speeding is perceived.
‘A large number of signs would be required to make them effective.’
However, the council said: ‘A speed survey will be carried out on Streamstown Lane to determine the level of speeding on the lane.’
On an upgrade or redesign of the road, the council report stated: ‘Upgrading of Streamstown Lane requires the use of third party lands. There are a number of permitted developments along Streamstown Lane. These developments have been conditioned, as part of the permissions, to upgrade Streamstown Lane along the length of the respective sites including the provision of pedestrian facilities. Consequently the lane will be upgraded as these permissions are enacted.’
Cllr Lavin said that the matter had been raised a number of times and it seemed like ‘very little, if anything’ had been done about it. He said he didn’t see a lot of action in the report and said the road is ‘dangerous’ and ‘needs action’.
Cllr David Healy (GP) called for a redesign of the ‘geometry of the carriageway’ with build-outs, chicanes or planting to slow traffic down.
Council officials warned there were no easy solutions to the issue but agreed to look at possible answers and bring the issue back in two months for further discussion on actions that might be taken.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin