Monday 10 December 2018

Naul march for road safety

The Naul Road Safety Protest
The Naul Road Safety Protest

John Manning

Concerned residents of the Naul took to the streets in an effort to focus minds on the dangers of its surrounding road network and speeding throughout the village.

The Naul Road Safety campaign group has been gathering momentum in the for some time as residents voiced their concern in a serious of public meetings that Naul and its surrounding road network is becoming an accident black spot.

The campaign was spearheaded by a local mum who saw her son knocked off his bike and injured, last year.

The street protest marks an escalation of the campaign and Mags Morgan, another of the campaign leaders has told the Fingal Independent, the group is prepared to move to unannounced protests that will stop traffic altogether if there is not progress on their list of demands.

The group is looking for a number of footpath improvements in and around the village as well as traffic calming measures and a suite of new road signs warning traffic approaching the village to slow down and pointing out local accident black spots and dangerous blind dips in the road.

Ironically, it was one of those blind dips that contributed to a motorcycle accident in the area just hours after the Naul Road Safety campaign march.

Mags Murray is one of a trio heading the campaign along with Cynthia Kennedy and Ian Lennon and they have been disappointed that the council has not granted their request for additional road warning signage in and around the village.

She spoke of the all too regular occurrence of traffic 'tearing through the village' and ditches being littered with crashed cars.

Ms Murray told the Fingal Independent that the group were under the impression after a council official walked the village with them, that their requests would be met but were surprised to be emailed a few months later by the same official who said that a traffic engineer had determined there was no further signage needed in the village. It was that disappointment that was one of the main provocations for the street protest, Mags explained.

The Fingal Independent asked Fingal County Council for its position on the delivering the group's requests for additional signage and a spokesperson for the council said: 'Fingal County Council has been in contact on a number of occasions with the Naul Road Safety Committee in recent months in relation to their concerns around road safety in, and on the approaches to, Naul.

'The Area Traffic Engineer was asked to assess the need for additional signage and following his visual inspection he concluded that no additional statutory signage was required. No formal report was prepared on foot of this visual inspection.'

The council spokesperson said that a county-wide review of speed limits is underway and speed limits in and around Naul will form part of that review.

The spokesperson said that over the last year the council had delivered a new pedestrian crossing on Naul Main Street as well as electronic warning signage on the approach to the local school and one of the group's demands, in the shape of a footpath from the village to the GAA club was included in its new supplementary works programme. However, the local authority said it remains prepared to engage with the group further 'towards delivering appropriate measures in the interest of road safety in the area'.

Ms Morgan said that the signage in the village was 'no longer fit for purpose' and said she wanted reassurances from the council that they are taking the group's concerns seriously and said they would be lobbying local councillors on the issue.

Fingal Independent