Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LOCAL councillor Fiona McLoughlin Healy is threatening to help blockade the road at Great Connell outside Newbridge in response to the council cancelling a promised meeting last Friday with residents along Great Connell.

The meeting was cancelled following requests from councillors who were on holidays on the day.

“Residents have been calling for a solution to the traffic problem along Great Connell for over ten years,” said Cllr McLoughlin Healy.

The residents had their first meeting with Lidl and council officials in July to address the serious issue with heavy goods vehicles movements along the road. At the initial meeting, which had been called on foot of a motion by Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy and the threat to blockade the route, residents were promised a presentation of possible traffic calming measures within three to four weeks.

“The residents along Great Connell are understandably annoyed at the promised meeting being delayed on the request of at least two councillors, one of whom has communicated that he will be on holidays until 28 September,” she said.

“I don’t know if councillors or officials really appreciate how exasperated the residents are at having their meeting cancelled because some of the councillors are on holidays. There’s no holiday from the heavy goods vehicles for the residents.”

There have been a number of serious accidents along the route involving HGV’s making their way to and from Lidl. At the meeting the residents were told that Lidl is currently applying for planning permission to extend its warehouse and the council is negotiating with Lidl to build the long-awaited link road to the dual-carriageway as part of their planning permission. The road would take two years to build.




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