Con­cern as driv­ers think Mi­dle­ton road is city short­cut

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Mo­torists re­port­edly con­fused by a road sign on the east­ern out­skirts of Mi­dle­ton have been speed­ing along a road which many be­lieve is a short­cut to Cork city.

But, in fact, the road leads to a cul-de-sac.

Res­i­dents from Oa­ten­cake in Mi­dle­ton, have ex­pressed “se­ri­ous con­cerns” about their safety and, more im­por­tantly, risks to their chil­dren and el­derly neigh­bours.

The y ma d e t h e i r c as e through a dep­u­ta­tion which at­tended a meet­ing of the East Cork Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil in Youghal.

One res­i­dent, Carol Lamb, said she has been liv­ing in the area for more than 12 years and has four small chil­dren, one of whom is vis­ually im­paired.

She said she is very wor­ried about the speed of cars on the road and for the safety of her chil­dren and a number of el­derly peo­ple who also live there. “We worry for the safety of ba­si­cally ev­ery­one liv­ing on the road,” she told coun­cil­lors.

An­other res­i­dent, Cole­man Neville, said mo­torists are c o n f u s e d by a s i g n i n t h e area, be­liev­ing it was a way of break­ing on to the main road for Cork - but it wasn’t a through road.

He said ve­hi­cles speed along it be­fore real­is­ing, at the last minute, that it’s a dead end.

Mr Neville added that a number of lor­ries had ended up trapped there and had to be helped to re­verse out road by lo­cals.

He also said his perime­ter wall was dam­aged one day, pos­si­bly by a large ve­hi­cle which had at­tempted to do a uturn.

“There are a lot more young chil­dren in the area now com­pared to in the past, which is a worry.

“Traf­fic calm­ing and other safety mea­sures are needed,” Mr Neville added.

Ms Lamb, mean­while, said that she’d love to leave her chil­dren out to play more of­ten, at a nearby green area, but was too scared to do so.

Cllr Noel Collins, chair­man of the mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil, said he hoped the lo­cal author­ity’s engi­neers could help the res­i­dents.

He sug­gested a pedes­trian cross­ing could also be pro­vided in the area.

He said that coun­cil of­fi­cials will pre­pare a re­port which will be pre­sented to coun­cil­lors at their next meet­ing in Jan­uary.

Cllr Michael Ah­ern said he knew the area very well as he trav­elled by it quite reg­u­larly and could un­der­stand the con­cerns be­ing ex­pressed by lo­cal res­i­dents.

Cllr Danielle Twomey said the road signs need to be changed as they were mis­lead­ing and di­rect­ing mo­torists into a cul-de-sac.

“I’ve seen the traf­fic go­ing down there and it is scary,” she said.

“Speed bumps or rum­ble stripes should be put in there as well.” of the

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