Concern as drivers think Midleton road is city shortcut
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