Sunday 11 December 2016

'It’s bizarre and appalling' - Vehicles get stuck in well-known historic gate everyday

Published 28/11/2016 | 13:55

Truck stuck at the bridge on Friday November 25
Truck stuck at the bridge on Friday November 25

A local councillor said it’s “bizarre” and “appalling” that two to three vehicles get stuck on a daily basis in a historic gate in Co Louth.

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Independent Cllr Kevin Callan said the St Laurence gate is damaged "at an alarming rate" by large vehicles getting stuck in the arch.

“It’s the last remaining gate wall from Drogheda town and it’s the finest Barbican gate in Western Europe. It’s a pretty important bridge.

“For years traffic has been going through it and getting stuck. I’d say two or three trucks a day get stuck in it,” Mr Callan told Independent.ie.

At least two or three trucks get stuck at the gate on a daily basis
At least two or three trucks get stuck at the gate on a daily basis

He said the walls are “covered in marks and cuts” from the vehicles.

“At this stage local residents are standing outside trying to tell trucks not to go through it.”

Mr Callan said that a correct height restriction is in place but large HGV trucks continue to go through the gate.

“The hill is a one-way road and to the left is a residential estate that many of the vehicles are too large to go into, so they have no other choice but to go through the gate.”

Local residents have to warn trucks not to enter the gate
Local residents have to warn trucks not to enter the gate

Mr Callan, who has been the mayor of Drogheda Town twice, said he has been working for years to get the road closed.

“Tourists come to see the gate and they’re appalled by the damage. It’s bizarre it keeps happening. It’s one of the best gates in the world and we have HGVs getting stuck in it.”

Mr Callan said the Louth County Council are currently in talks to get the road closed.

“We’re currently consulting with the public to see their opinions and views. Most people are horrified that the road isn’t closed.”

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