DESPITE Wexford County Council having tried some measures to prevent trucks parking up in housing estates and residential areas in Rosslare Harbour, it seemingly hasn’t worked. Independent councillor Ger Carthy says that residents are truly at their wits end and that it’s only a matter of time before it results in a serious accident.
"I’m telling you now,” he told officials animatedly at the June meeting of Wexford County Council. “If a truck rolls over a child’s bike or a buggy down there, it will come back on Wexford County Council.”
With the massive growth in sailings to the continent from Rosslare post-Brexit, there’s been a huge increase in the amount of HGVs passing through Rosslare Harbour and Kilrane. Subsequently, this has seen an increase in trucks parking up in the village to take required rest breaks or wait for their ferry to arrive at the port.
"I used to speak about the can getting kicked down the road here, but this is ridiculous,” Cllr Carthy said. “We’ve had works carried out on estates down there, but what we have now is huge trucks turning in estates down there and parking across paths and in the old bank building we’ve purchased there. There are 2,500 people down there and they have real concerns for safety.
"We are an organisation with a budget of €130 million. I want to see some more money back in Rosslare. Brexit was not our fault. It was Boris Johnson’s. Fair enough, but we cannot have a situation where trucks are parked everywhere around the village and huge cattle lorries are turning in housing estates.”
Director of Services Eamonn Hore stated that 15 to 20 truck spaces had already been provided and that junction tightening works had been carried out and bollards put in place.
"What we need, on two days in particular, though is permanent truck parking,” he conceded. “We are in negotiation with landowners down that way and I hope to have a more positive outcome for the members within the next two weeks.”
“Would it be possible to look at banning trucks off St Martin’s Road and Station Road?” Cllr Carthy asked. “We need urgent action on this.”
Chief Executive Tom Enright said that the members could certainly look at the traffic by-laws, but that a process would have to be followed.