Frustrated Donabate locals to meet as roads get even worse

by Sylvia Pownall

A public meeting will be held in Donabate next week as anger mounts over the “dangerous condition” of roads and footpaths on the peninsula.

Donabate Portrane Community Council has invited councillors and local residents to an open forum in the parish hall on Tuesday, February 26 at 8pm.

Top of the agenda is to discuss a moratorium on granting planning permission for large-scale developments in the area – first called for almost two months ago.

The community council wants an outright ban on new planning permissions until the new distributor road is open and the road at the railway bridge has been widened.

DPCC warns that the network of narrow roads and footpaths cannot cope with the volume of heavy construction traffic, which is posing a risk to both motorists and pedestrians.

The upgrade and widening of the road at the railway bridge is a planning condition for the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital attached by An Bord Pleanala.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “We are asking people to attend this meeting so that our voices can be heard by elected local representatives and nominees for the upcoming local elections.”

DPCC has stressed that members of the community will be given the floor to speak at the meeting ahead of politicians and election candidates.

The spokesperson warned: “Construction traffic is compromising the road safety of the community. This is evidenced by the state the roads are being left in on a daily basis by certain building firms.”

The community council said the “chronic infrastructure deficit” resulting in traffic gridlock left it with no choice but to call on the council to halt new projects.

It added that this was “the only reasonable course of action” because it is now proving “highly problematic” for traffic to get on and off the peninsula at rush hours.

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