Arklow road diversions ‘simply will not work’
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.