No easy so­lu­tions for Stream­stown

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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

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