Kilmacanogue residents’ ‘pet peeve’ of illegal N11 parking raised

The N11 at Kilmacanogue.

Tom GalvinBray People

Parking issues on the N11, at Kilmacanogue, were raised at this month’s meeting of Bray Municipal District.

A notice of motion in the name of Councillor Rory O’Connor (March 22, 2023) proposed: “That this Municipal District in collaboration with An Garda Siochana creates a solution to fix the illegal parking on the southbound lane in Kilmacanogue by the Circle K.”

A reply from Bray technical staff referred to the “only parking problem”, which is at “the N11 northbound entry slip at Circle K, Rockfield.

This is due to the inadequate parking capacity for the scale of business at the Circle K, Rockfield.

“The road is in the jurisdiction of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and this matter has been forwarded to the Roads Department in Wicklow County Council who will liaise with the TII.”

Cllr O’Connor said he had incorrectly referred to the southbound lane, when it should have been the northbound lane, adding that the parking issue had become “a local pet peeve for a lot of people”.

He said there was constantly illegal parking in the area and that having raised the issue with Gardaí, was told that it was down to a lack of resources and they were unable to do anything about it. Cllr O’Connor said he would like the Council to talk to TII to find a solution.

Separately, a response was given to the elected members from TII to Cllr O’Connor’s notice of motion from the previous meeting of Bray Municipal District, that “this Municipal District creates a cycle lane southbound to Kilmacanogue on the N11 to create a safer experience for cyclists”.

The response from TII was: “Due to the constrained space in the verge and the high-speed nature of the carriageway, TII do not consider that a cycle lane can be safely provided on the N11 southound, between junction 7 and junction 8, Kilmacanogue.

“TII is currently supporting and providing funding to Wicklow County Council to progress the Kilmacanogue to the Southern Cross Greenway Project, this will provide a safe, offline pedestrian and cycle link between Bray south and Kilmacanogue, serving vulnerable road users in a safe and sustainable manor.

“Wicklow County Council is finalising the planning application for this scheme and hope to submit it before the Council for part 8 approval shortly.”