Monkstown Abbey Road Residents face traffic gridlock

by Rose Barrett
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Monkstown Abbey Road Residents Associaton will host its next meeting on this day week, September 27 at Baker’s Corner Pub, to further discuss the  controversial planning approved by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) in January last.

Following the resignation of Paul Hyde, former Deputy Chair of ABP earlier this summer, Marc Coleman of the Monkstown Abbey Road group called for all planning decisions during Mr Hyde’s tenure to be re-examined.

Along with the decision re Baker’s Corner which would see the iconic landmark turned into high rise student apartments overlooking an old folk’s home in Deansgrange, local residents are exasperated with recent road re-alignments which have and will result in high levels of traffic passing through the “green and pleasant community.”

Residents fear their area will simply become a concrete corridor for the rest of South Dublin to cycle and drive through.

“Already, two roundabouts – Carrickbrennan and Stradbrook are earmarked for removal under local authority plans,” claims Marc. 

Residents fear the area will become a gridlock of traffic lights and high-rise development. Complaints have been made regarding ABP’s insensitivity to local residents and despite objections from the local fire station, nursing home, church, students and residents, the planning application for Baker’s Corner was approved.

While road changes have been made to reduce traffic in other areas, residents in Monkstown are furious with the increased traffic in the area, along with tree cutting  to allow for signage, bus and cycle lanes.

Local Residents are encouraged to attend Thursday week’s meeting at 7pm in Baker’s Corner Pub, Rochestown Avenue, Kill O the Grange and have their say.

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