The Argus - - NEWS - An­drew Cor­bally De­orty, (Left) Sean Laverty, Noel Doyle, Cathal Fer­gus and Ja­son Gray who took part in the 1999 Realth na Mara NS An­nual Christmas Play.

DOWDALLSHI­LL res­i­dents, fed up with con­ges­tion caused by the cus­toms clear­ance sta­tion, place a news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ment to for­mally protest against the sit­u­a­tion.

‘Dowdallshi­ll Area Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion protest to the au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for the chaos caused by the present lo­ca­tion of the cus­toms clear­ance sta­tion at Newry Road, Dun­dalk.

‘Our protest in the main con­cerns the fol­low­ing points:

1. Six-days a week block­age of main trunk road – caus­ing de­lays to res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties, some­times ex­tend­ing up­wards to half an hour.

2. Am­bu­lances, doc­tors, fire ser­vices, clergy, se­cu­rity forces, fu­ner­als, are all sub­ject to se­ri­ous de­lays with pos­si­ble dan­ger to life and prop­erty north of this sta­tion.

3. Housewives, chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple put their lives at risk in try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the haz­ardous pas­sage to town, from St. Pa­trick’s Ceme­tery to the Big Bridge due to lor­ries block­ing ac­cess to foot­paths.

‘We have al­ready protested to all au­thor­i­ties who might con­ceiv­ably be re­spon­si­ble for this hazard, and have had min­i­mum re­sponse.

‘ This has now be­come a ma­jor prob­lem for the Dun­dalk com­mu­nity. We now seek your sup­port in our protest for the re­moval of this in­sult by ask­ing you to sign, and hav­ing your friends to sign, in the spa­ces pro­vided be­low.

‘Signed forms may be handed in at the fol­low­ing cen­tres: Grafton Shoes, Dun­dalk Shop­ping Cen­tre and Arthur’s Su­per­mar­ket, Back­house Cen­tre.

‘We re­quest that signed protest no­tices be handed in to any of the var­i­ous cen­tres be­fore Christmas.’

Mean­while, Dun­dalk ur­ban coun­cil approves the ban­ning of all park­ing on the west side of the road from the Big Bridge to the Doyles­fort Road junc­tion, at all times.

This is in­cluded in a list of pro­pos­als for traf­fic man­age­ment in the town, which are tabled for the coun­cil’s con­sid­er­a­tion, fol­low­ing meet­ings and stud­ies on the ground with gar­dai.

In ad­di­tion to the Newry Road, there are pro­pos­als for Ram­part Lane to be one-way from Park Street to the Ram­part (i.e. no en­try from the Ram­part, no exit to Park Street; River Lane to be oneway from Park Street to the Ram­part; Vin­cent Av­enue to be one-way from the Cres­cent to Dublin Street; Sta­ple­ton Place to be one-way from Dublin Street west­wards and Chapel Street, no park­ing on west side. No park­ing on east side from Ro­den Place to Seatown junc­tion, dur­ing busi­ness hours.

Ex­plain­ing why Ram­part Lane and River Lane are both one-way in the same di­rec­tion, Can­ice O’Ma­hony, town en­gi­neer, says it is felt these two streets are nar­row, and the pro­posal to have both run­ning down from Park Street, will per­mit the fil­ter­ing of traf­fic off Park Street down to the park­ing fa­cil­i­ties along the Ram­part Road.

Traf­fic from the Ram­part Road will get into the main streets via Dis­tillery Lane and Thomas Street.

The coun­cil adopts the pro­pos­als, which will not come into ef­fect un­til af­ter Christmas.

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