Thursday 16 August 2018

Campaigners demand action

Huge numbers turned out last Friday morning to support a peaceful protest in Donabate over road safety issues.

Local people have demanded that child safety be prioritised, claiming that children were facing unsafe conditions travelling to and from school on a daily basis.

The rally highlighted dangers to children from high levels of construction traffic on very narrow roads, with narrow footpaths.

The protest started at the boys' and girls' primary schools on the Portrane. The demonstration also saw a march by the Community College and the Educate Together school, with a rally at the St Patrick's church car park

The protest was organised by Donabate Portrane Community Council, and its various subcommittees, Supporting Proper Development in Donabate, and residents' associations.

They local community has stepped up their demands given the high level of construction activity in the area, with new housing sites and the €300m National Forensic Mental Hospital.

Campaigners have claimed they had raised the issue of a traffic management plan with officials last December but that this had not been put in place.

In response, the council stated: The Council did meet with the local community last December and outlined our investment proposals for the area which have a particular focus on road and amenity improvements. This commitment was confirmed by the Council on adoption of the Donabate Local Area Plan in March 2016. An Action Plan identifying the key infrastructure requirements including improved pedestrian routes for the town was prepared. The delivery of these key actions remains a priority for the Council and there is ongoing engagement with key stakeholders and landowners in order to advance the works required.'

It added that the Donabate Distributor Road, due for completion next year, would greatly improve access to the area.

It added that while there are construction traffic restrictions during school hours associated with the building of the National Forensic hospital, similar conditions were excluded from other planning permissions by An Bord Pleanala.

Fingal Independent