Monday 25 March 2019

'If I'd known it was this bad, I'd have moved somewhere else'

Michael Malone at his home in Tinahask, Arklow
Michael Malone at his home in Tinahask, Arklow

A Shankill man who moved to the Tinahask area of Arklow in recent months said he would have moved to a different part of town had he known how often his home would be passed by heavy goods vehicles.

Michael Malone, who bought his property in the south side of the town last October, has expressed disappointment with the situation and said that the roads are in a 'terrible state'.

'I moved down here to be nearer to my daughter and her family and to help them out with childcare. Every time a lorry goes by my house, it shakes and I'm terrified that it will cause structural damage,' he said.

Mr Malone said that he has discussed the situation with local elected representatives and said that if he had known about the large volumes of passing heavy goods vehicles, he would not have bought a property in this part of Arklow.

In recent weeks, more than 60 households in the area signed a petition calling on Wicklow County Council to address the situation and take action to reduce the impact of lorries on ramps, which is causing stress to residents due to noise and vibrations caused as they pass over them.

A spokesperson for the petition organisers said that a response from Wicklow County Council is still awaited.

'The council doesn't meet again until September so we are hopeful of a response then. If the council is not in favour of taking up the ramps, hopefully other traffic calming options could be explored,' the spokesperson said.

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