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Gorey Relief Road Works begin 25/10/15

| October 25, 2015

Work finally began on Gorey’s Inner Relief Road site at Pearsons Brook/Hunters Green last week. A roundabout has now been confirmed for the Hollyfort Road/Pearsons Brook junction and two ramps are to be installed in Garden City over coming weeks.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin who has been campaigning for the works since his election last year welcomed the news.:

He said: “I’ve been strongly focussing on children’s safety since getting elected.The slow pace of improvements can often be frustrating as it is for parents and residents.All of these estates along the inner relief road need ramps, safety measures and high visibility signage.”

“These two ramps, which will be installed just up from John Bass tyres in the Garden City, while long overdue, will be very welcome, especially when this Inner Relief Road opens.The road is a death trap at present and has seen several accidents in recent years.”

“Well done to local residents hundreds of whom signed a Sinn Féin petition to the council on this.I’ve raised it on numerous occasions since elected as well as other safety issues in the surrounding estates.

In terms of the inner relief road,which should be ready after Chritmas, while it will be a very welcome and postive development for the town and long overdue, there is understandable fear in estates along the route about the increased volume of traffic that it will entail. Safety measures must be a priority with all infrastructural developments.

I met with residents in the Willow Park/Ashwood Grove area two weeks ago and presented a list of safety-related proposals to the council, which are relevant to all surrounding estates, be they Creagh Heights, Raithín Chuilinn, Pearsons Brook, Hunters Green, Willow Park/Ashwood Grove,  Woodlands Manor, Baile Eoghain or Garden City.They all have common safety needs which need addressing, as have other estates in the town and district.

Residents want to see a roundabout on the Fort Road /Willow Park/Creagh Demesne junction  when this relief road opens.Crossings, signage, strips and markings to slow traffic area are also needed. Footpaths need upgrading and amending in areas for the substantial number of wheelchair users who fear increased traffic.”

“The number of students in the four Creagh schools has now passed one thousand, five hundred mark.With the CBS getting eight new rooms, the other schools having vacant rooms to be filled and an adjacent plot of land on the Carnew Road awaiting housing development it won’t be long until we have over two thousand students in the area.This will need to be carefully managed in terms of infrastructure and childrens safety, which I’ve been strongly emphasising since getting elected.”

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