Thursday 17 October 2019

Councillors bemoan 'the curse' of speeding in villages

Many suggestions put forward at Blarney-Macroom meeting to tackle speeding in Cloughduv village

Maria Herlihy

A person who advocated for a speed check to be put in place in Blarney ended up being the first person caught speeding.

That was the scenario outlined by Cllr Kevin Conway (Ind) at the Blarney Macroom Municipal District meeting when councillors were discussing "the curse" of speeding in the region. 

The meeting heard that despite signs being in place, there is "severe speeding" at Cloughduv, behaviour described as lethal.

Cllr Gobnait Moynihan (FF) said a speed survey was done there but, despite the signs, there are "people flying through the village, which is just lethal". 

"It is nothing but speed, speed, and nobody is slowing down," she said.  She added she would like speed bumps to be put in place as was the case in Kilmurry outside the national school. 

"A person will only have to go over these bumps once, and they will then slow down," she said.

However, area engineer Andy O'Brien said the bumps in Kilmurry are at a crossing. He said the council don't tend to put speed bumps on primary or secondary roads. 

SEO Municipal District Operations and Rural Development Officer Jim Molloy told the meeting that it is "people who are living locally who speed because they know the area". 

Mr O'Brien said when it comes to enforcement, it's an issue for Gardai. He suggested that Gardai could put a speed van in the area. 

While councillors praised the flashing speed lights outlining a motorists speed, their enthusiasm was brought to a halt by Mr O'Brien, who said just one of these costs €15,000. 

He outlined that the Blarney-Macroom region was a very wide catchment and that it is not economically feasible to put these in place in every town and village. 

Chairing the meeting, Cllr Ted Lucey (FG) said a recent speed survey was done in Kilumney village, which attracts a huge number of drivers each morning and evening. 

Mr O'Brien acknowledged the effectiveness of the flashing speed signals but again outlined their cost. 

"It would be next to impossible to fund them all. Activation signs and Gardai enforcement on speeding are the best options," he said. 

Cllr Gobnait Moynihan (FF) said that Inchigeela got the flashing speed signs, and Cill na Martra is now waiting on a report on the speed in that region. 

Cllr Lucey said there is an onus on CCC to "make the villages" safe for people. "If there are 5,000 cars going through villages on a daily basis, then they need to be made safe,"he said.