Council looking at Round Towers safety
A Labour councillor has called on the local authority to ‘give a report as to whether the Traffic and Operations Engineers have examined the site at the crossing on Ministers Road in Lusk to the Gaelic Club, regarding a suite of works involving traffic calming measures/footpath installation/ crossing and lighting’.
Cllr Robert O’donoghue call for ‘the appropriate funding to be included in the estimates for these works and can the Chief Executive further indicate if it is possible to carry out immediate works to alleviate the serious safety problem at this location’.
In a written response, the council stated: ‘A site meeting took place in July of this year with a representative of Round Towers GAA during which pedestrian safety issues for those accessing the GAA club from Ministers Road and Hands Lane were highlighted.
‘The location of the existing pedestrian entrance on the junction was noted as a particular concern and the club representative undertook to consider the closure and relocation of the entrance from it’s current location.
‘The council is assessing the location with a view to identifying the most appropriate traffic calming measures and footpath installation requirements for inclusion in the 2019 Works Programme.’
Cllr O’donoghue said he welcomed the assessment of the area, particularly the council looking at relocated the entrance.
He said he looked forward to seeing plans for the work in next year’s work programme.
Speaking at the local area committee meeting, the Labour councillor said it was important the issue was addressed as soon as possible as it had become a ‘major hazard in Lusk’.
Council official, Mick Carroll said that a traffic engineer and area engineer had independently assessed the location and that the council were looking at the options.
He said there were options for resolutions but also obstacles to achieving that resolution.