THE long-suffering residents of Moylaragh estate in Balbriggan are one step closer to relieving the traffic problems that have made their lives a misery for years as an 'interim solution' to the problem goes on public display.
The council engaged consultants to look at the problem and find a better way for goods traffic in particular to access Castlemills Shopping Centre without passing within feet of front doors of many residents in parts of Moylaragh. Residents thought they would be living in a cul-de-sac but, repeatedly, the developer has been allowed to leave the road open. It has become full of heavy traffic and according to Moylaragh Residents Association, the situation has put their children's lives at risk. The consultants reported back to the council with five possible solutions and the council has decided to progress the second option which is close to a plan agreed by local representatives and residents earlier this year. The so-called 'red route' is described as an ' interim solution' by the council and will involve a northern extension of the Hampton Gardens access route via a new link parallel to Moylaragh Gardens. The proposed route would use a fully signalised junction on the Naul Road and take advantage of the recently constructed access road to Hampton Gardens. Consultants point out that goods vehicles using this route would be separated from dwellings along its full length. One drawback of this option is that it will take traffic past two schools but local councillors like Cllr. May McKeon (NP) and town councillor Gráinne Maguire who brought this proposed route to the council in the first place, said the proposal will be welcomed. The route will now go on public display and submissions and opinions from locals will be invited but it goes out with a warning from the council that no source of funding has yet been identified for the project. One of the chief backers of the project, Cllr. May McKeon (NP), reacted to news the plans were to go out for public consultation, saying: ' This is indeed great news for Balbriggan, particularly for the residents of North West Balbriggan who are confined to access and exit by way of Moylaragh Road and Hamlet Lane, and will open up the accesss to and from the schools in the area and will also be of huge benefit to the commercial aspect of the popular Castlemill Shopping Complex. ' The proposal to instigate this project was put forward by way of a motion to the Area Committee of Fingal County Council jointly by myself and Cllr. Gráinne Maguire on behalf of the community and we are particularly pleased with the positive response from the Council in recognising the urgent need to provide this much needed and essential infrastructure. 'I would be hopeful that the Map outlining the proposed project, on display at Balbriggan Town Hall Civic Office/Library, will be viewed by all aspects of the community, private, commercial, residents associations, particularly people living in the immediate area, who will have an opportunity to make recommendations and submissions to the local authority should they wish to do so.'