Round­about needed

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By FIONA MAGENNIS

DROGHEDA Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict do not have the money avail­able to un­der­take a traf­fic study to de­ter­mine if a mini round­about is needed on the Ter­mon­feckin Road at the en­trance to Ter­mon Abbey (right), it has been stated.

The coun­cil was re­spond­ing to a mo­tion from Coun­cil­lor Ken­neth Flood who said a mini round­about was much needed at this site.

‘It was recog­nised as needed in 2003 and the de­vel­oper never did it,’ he said. ‘It is more needed now than ever.’

Sup­port­ing the mo­tion, Coun­cil­lor Oliver Tully said: ‘In the ab­sence of be­ing able to de­liver the round­about I would ask that traf­fic lights be in­stalled.’

How­ever, in a writ­ten re­sponse to the mo­tion, the coun­cil said that in or­der to es­tab­lish ‘whether ad­di­tional traf­fic man­age­ment is nec­es­sary at the junc­tion, whether that be a miniround­about or other ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tion, would re­quire a full and de­tailed analysis of traf­fic flows and traf­fic man­age­ment at the junc­tion.

‘There is no fund­ing avail­able at this time to un­der­take a traf­fic study of the junc­tion or to carry out any im­prove­ment works.’

Speak­ing fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Cllr Flood said: ‘The round­about was con­tained in con­di­tions of plan­ning for As­ton Vil­lage and ap­proved in 2003. But al­though the need for the round­about was recog­nised way back in 2003, four­teen years later and it still has not been de­liv­ered but yet the houses and the large school it was to serve have been built and even more are be­ing built with the ad­di­tion of Beaulieu Manor to the area.’

Coun­cil­lor Frank God­frey said: ‘This is all down to bad plan­ning and poor fore­sight by our plan­ners. This is go­ing to take years. Some­thing has to be done.’

Coun­cil­lor Pio Smith said there are 600 housing units in these two es­tates alone not to men­tion traf­fic from Ter­mon­feckin and Clogher­head and the school. ‘How do we al­lo­cate money to an­a­lyse traf­fic flow at this junc­tion?,’ he said.

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