Estate residents request ramps to stop speeding

Anne Campbell

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

Peter Fitzpatrick TD with Margaret Moloney, Secretary Lennonstown Manor Residents Association and other residents who are petitioning for speed ramps and signs in their estate. Photo: Ken Finegan
Peter Fitzpatrick TD with Margaret Moloney, Secretary Lennonstown Manor Residents Association and other residents who are petitioning for speed ramps and signs in their estate. Photo: Ken Finegan

RESIDENTS at one of Dundalk's biggest housing estates have joined forces with Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick in an effort to get traffic calming measures to stop cars speeding around the green areas.

Mr Fitzpatrick has been working with residents at Lennonstown Manor for a number of weeks and has seen for himself the 'dangerous situation' that arises when some cars speed in the estate.

But Louth County Council says that traffic calming measures are not necessary after they carried out a traffic speed audit last year.

That's not the view of Lennonstown Manor resident Kathy Duffy who says that she and many other homeowners want ramps installed on the roads around the estate to slow traffic down.

She said: 'The first thing that's wrong here is the speed limit is 50kmph, which is the same as the public road. Sometimes, you can get drivers coming around corners here literally on two wheels. We have said for some time there is an accident waiting to happen here'.

Ms Duffy said she and other parents are very wary about letting their young children across the road to play on one of Lennonstown's many green areas. She said: 'I have been here eight years and it is getting worse'.

She helped organise and collect a petition which was signed by the vast majority of residents and the council carried out a traffic monitoring study, but deemed ramps or other traffic calming measures were not necessary. She is concerned that it will be, like in other parts of the country, only when something bad happens that improvements are made.

Mr Fitzpatrick told the Argus he had seen for himself speeding cars in Lennonstown. He said: 'My office has received a number of complaints in recent months about speeding on the estate. It has got to the point where people are afraid to let their children out.

'This is an open-plan estate, where most of the houses have no front gates. There are three greens in Lennonstown and parents are concerned about letting their children cross the street to get to them. I know the council's report only found a few cars breaking the speed limit, which is too high at 50kmph, but I don't think they took into account the number of children around the area.

'Bay Estate has a fantastic system of ramps which has really made the estate safer. I have met with council officials on this issue and they have said there is not enough traffic volume at Lennonstown to justify it. Residents have offered to pay for the ramps themselves, but they are very frustrated with the deadlock.

'I am considering raising this issue in the Dail if the council are not willing to give people a hand. It's not going to cost a large amount of money.'

A spokesperson for Louth County Council said: 'Traffic calming measures were not deemed necessary based on traffic speed data collected from a traffic monitor that was placed in Lennonstown Manor over a period of weeks in late 2013.'

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