SAFETY FEARS OVER LOCATION OF NEW LIBRARY
Questions have been posed by numerous members of the public in relation to the location of the newly planned library in Sutton’s Court at Clonmel Road, Mitchelstown, writes Susan Caplice. The location of the long awaited library has come under scrutiny in recent days.
“Cork County Council never looked at it from a safety aspect,” Timmy ‘Rancher’ White told The Avondhu this week.
“How do the council expect elderly people, and parents with kids, to be crossing the busy junction with cars and lorries constantly in operation to get to the library”?
“It is ridiculous, it hasn’t been thought out at all,” he told The Avondhu. Other members of the community have echoed Timmy’s thoughts and fears.
“I am all for the library, but I don’t think the location is very suitable. Forrest Hall would have been a better location, quieter and safer for children to access,” another local told The Avondhu. The Sutton’s Court complex is situated at the junction of the Dublin road (N8)/Clonmel Road/Lower Cork Street.
The Avondhu put the concerns of the locals to Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe who replied, “The location of the library is ideal, it is central to the town. There are traffic lights in place and pedestrian crossings, so safety is not an issue here.”
When asked about parking for the library Cllr O’Keeffe stated, “There will be ample parking. Priority of course will be given to the residents of Sutton’s Court with any spaces left available to library visitors.”
Cllr O’Keeffe also told The Avondhu that he is, “99% sure that the whole ground floor will be allocated to the library,” but he’s, “still awaiting the plans to confirm this.
Thursday 27th May 7:21pm