Arklow road diversions ‘sim­ply will not work’

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ROAD diversions pro­posed as part of the Arklow Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant pro­gramme sim­ply ‘will not work’, say some mem­bers of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Fol­low­ing an up­date given to mem­bers by coun­cil en­gi­neer Kevin Scan­lon on Mon­day, coun­cil­lors said that some mem­bers of the pub­lic have al­ready voiced con­cern about a di­ver­sion from Fer­ry­bank through Seav­iew Av­enue.

‘It will be im­pos­si­ble to di­vert Fer­ry­bank traf­fic down Seav­iew Av­enue and there is no other way around the bridge and North Quay. I am fully sup­port­ive of this pro­ject and it is badly needed for Arklow, but this has been raised by lo­cal peo­ple and they are con­cerned,’ said Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald.

Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley warned that the mat­ter is not a ‘po­lit­i­cal foot­ball’ for the mem­bers to pass around and warned of con­cern within the Arklow com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly busi­ness own­ers, as cer­tain sec­tions of road will be closed for three months at a time while un­der­ground tun­nelling takes place to ac­com­mo­date the re­quired pipes.

‘Some­times in prac­tice things don’t work and this will not work. The River­bank will be ‘no-go’ for three months. The peo­ple of Arklow have been held to ran­som for 30 years over this and we need to get it up and run­ning. I know you can’t make an omelette with­out break­ing eggs but a bet­ter traf­fic man­age­ment plan is needed,’ he said.

Cathaoir­leach Pat Vance said that it is ‘re­ally just a mat­ter of work­ing it out’.

‘This is a €50 mil­lion plan which is broadly wel­comed so it will be worked out,’ he said.

Mr Scan­lon clar­i­fied that while the pro­ject will take three to four years to com­plete, road clo­sures will come in three­month pe­ri­ods while spe­cific sec­tions are be­ing worked on.

It was out­lined that the Sea­far­ers’ Me­mo­rial Gar­den on South Quay will be ‘out of com­mis­sion’ for three to six months, but will be fully re­in­stated once works are fin­ished in that area.

Cllr Miriam Mur­phy called for a meet­ing to hap­pen in the Arklow Mu­nic­i­pal District to dis­cuss the traf­fic man­age­ment plans and what they will mean for the town.

‘We must be re­al­is­tic. There are huge con­cerns here and I would ap­pre­ci­ate a meet­ing in Arklow to dis­cuss this ,’ she said.

Coun­cil­lors be­lieve there will be chaos when traf­fic diversions be­gin dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Arklow Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant at the old Wall­board site on the North Quay.

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