Leixlip residents in traffic plea

The former ESB building and site  in Leixlip for which a proposed health centre business and car park is being  planned. Photo: Mark Cribbin
RESIDENTS in the Mill Lane area of Leixlip have asked Kildare County Council to seriously reconsider a traffic management plan in the area..

RESIDENTS in the Mill Lane area of Leixlip have asked Kildare County Council to seriously reconsider a traffic management plan in the area..

At a meeting with the Celbridge area and Town Councillors and contractors in Naas last Friday, 20 September, – which was closed to the public and the media – a delegation from the residents association got the outline of a traffic management plan which is required before work on a three year contract at the waste water treatment plant.

In a statement on Monday, 23 September, Mill Lane and Castle Park Residents Association spokesperson, Declan Kenny, said there will be heavy trucks using a narrow hill, starting at Black Avenue, which is off Mill Lane.

The residents are unhappy that the plan will not segregate pedestrians from heavy traffic.

On Friday, the resident representatives, Declan Kenny and Conor Reilly, met with the Council, KCC and contractors.

Up to now councillors called for a separate road to be built from the Leixlip roundabout across green fields to the site, but that has long been ruled out on cost grounds.

The current traffic plan focuses on keeping trucks from meeting each other on the hill – but there is no plan for a path.

It proposes a line of reflective studs 1.2 metres from the right hand, smaller side wall along the hill.

Mr. Kenny said there was not any solid protection proposed to keep trucks from pedestrians.

The Black Avenue is the entrance to St. Catherine’s Park as well as a Sli na Slainte walking route. “There is a very real danger that there will be a serious or tragic accident,” he said.

“We are asking now that all parties concerned revisit this very serious issue immediately with a view to revising the plan. We are confident that a solution can be reached that will suit all parties.”

- Henry Bauress