Thursday 24 October 2019

Wish list lodged by Redcross residents

Roads, footpaths and bridge are highlighted

Deborah Coleman

Elected members of Arklow Municipal District heard of ongoing issues regarding local road safety in the Redcross area, following a presentation by community representative David Johnson at their March meeting.

Mr Johnson said that three main areas of concern need attention, namely roads, footpaths and the bridge on the Barndarrig side of the village.

He appealed to the councillors and officials to take action and said that local residents are concerned that a serious accident could occur, particularly in the area around the bridge.

In relation to roads, he outlined, problems include potholes, lack of road markings and parking, which is worse at weekends and in peak tourist season when locals are often unable to exit their driveways as they are blocked in.

Occasional flooding due to blocked gullies and inefficient street lighting were also flagged to the elected members.

A call was made for an improvement to be made in terms of pedestrian safety and Mr Johnson said that there is 'inadequate access for pushchairs and wheelchairs'.

'We are requesting a table top crossing where the footpaths start on the outskirts of the village and we believe a railing should be added to the footpath at Glenkeen to make it safer for children in the area,' he said.

According to local residents, work is also needed at the masonry arch bridge crossing the Redcross River on the R754 from Barndarrig.

The narrow width was referenced and a yield system and new signage was suggested to the members, if widening it was not possible.

Tree and hedge growth, they heard, is also reducing visibility at present.

'Redcross has become increasingly popular in the last few years and while we welcome this increased activity, and the fact that it increases the number of local jobs and creates a more thriving village community, the village is suffering with an increased strain on its infrastructure. The items listed are only a snapshot of what the residents consider needs to be undertaken by the local authority,' Mr Johnson said.

The members acknowledged the points made and confirmed that a new pedestrian crossing has been sanctioned for the village, with officials keen to engage with the local residents to ascertain the best location for it.

Cathaoirleach Miriam Murphy encouraged the community to 'keep up the communication' so that the elected members are aware of what is happening in Redcross and said that many of these issues have not been brought to her attention before this.

Cllr Pat Kennedy conceded that Redross does require some attention and funding and suggested that a portion of funding could be kept aside each year to get some of the required works done.

Wicklow People