FRUSTRATION AT TRAFFIC STUDY
There has been a mixed reaction and numerous complaints in relation to the new draft traffic management study which was recently unveiled in Fermoy, writes Antonia Zane.
“The study needs to be up for display again so that the public has a chance to view it and consider it. A few hours, when most people are at work is not enough for something that has such an impact on our town. The viewing time needs to be extended so that we can have a public reaction to it”, Sinn Fein Cllr. Seamus Coleman told The Avondhu.
Cllr. John Murphy was in agreement with Cllr. Coleman stating that, “most people don’t even know anything about the study,” as they didn’t have a chance to look at it.
“People have the right to know how the proposals in the study are going to affect them and the areas they live in,” Cllr. Murphy added.
The plan poses other concerns as well. Cllr. Michael Hanley feels that the plan “will have to face discussion, especially from the retailers. The one way system proposed down the quay will throw all the traffic into the square which could be quite problematic”.
Cllr. Hanley also raised the issue of car parking especially in Pearse Square, where the herringbone parking spaces are to be replaced with parallel parking spaces, according to the proposal in the study.
“We need to maintain the maximum number of car parking spaces and herringbone parking is best suited for that area,” Cllr. Hanley states.
Also referring to the study Fermoy town mayor, Cllr. William Hughes, proposes that fixing the footpaths and roads take priority, particularly from the Cork road down to the square and on Patrick Street, where the cracks in the pavement have caused many accidents for people walking on those streets.
Speaking to The Avondhu, he said, “A woman fell and she was in hospital because of the channels and cracks in the footpaths. How long will it take until this is addressed? The town engineers need to get out there and see for themselves that something needs to be done,” Cllr. Hughes concluded.
Thursday 8th May 7:13pm