Replies to July meeting of Athy Area Committee

 

Draft Minutes of the Athy Area Committee Meeting

Held on Monday, 17 September 2012 at 10.00 a.m.

In the Municipal Buildings, Rathstewart, Athy

 

Speed Limit – Carlow Road, Athy

The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:

That the council extend the speed limit on the Carlow Road in Athy beyond the houses in Farmhill.

The administrator read a report from the transportation department, dated 14 September 2012, stating that this request had been referred to roads design for consideration in the next speed limit review. Councillor Wall stated that this was an area of serious concern for residents, and requested that something be done as an interim measure. Ms. Kavanagh agreed to contact the Gardaí in relation to enforcing the speed limit at this location.

 

 

Traffic Lights – Emily Square, Athy

The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:

That the council confirm the changes in the traffic lights at Emily Square in Athy, what improvements can be achieved and is there now a time frame for the introduction of the scoot traffic system.

The administrator read a report from the transportation department, dated 14 September 2012, stating that the improvements made to the Emily Square traffic signals junction have increased the green time allocated to the N78 approaches from both Kilcullen and Kilkenny. It was acknowledged that a period of 2-3 weeks was required so that the public could become accustomed to any changes to the signals. Following a review of the changes to the signals, it was confirmed that the revised arrangements have reduced the journey time for traffic from the Kilkenny direction. Monitoring of the junction would continue and further changes to the timings may occur over the next few months. Councillor Wall queried if the improved travel times from the Kilkenny side could be clarified to the committee. Members noted that there was an improvement in traffic flow, but requested confirmation as to the timeframe for the introduction of the scoot system, stating that previous commitment had been given for this. It was requested that this item remain on the agenda.

Resolved: that confirmation of the timeframe for the introduction of the scoot system be clarified, and that improved travel times from the Kilkenny side of the town be identified. It was requested that this item remain on the agenda.

 

 

Road Works – Primary School, Ballymore Eustace

The committee considered the following question in the name of Councillor Wall:

Can the council confirm when works will start on the pedestrian crossing and footpaths at the primary school in Ballymore Eustace?

The administrator read a report fromthe Naas area office, dated 14 September 2012, stating thata contractor had been appointed to install the signalling equipment at this location in addition to an electronic ‘Crossing Ahead’ sign (from the Naas direction). The area engineer has planned resurfacing works for the last week in October and, as this work would include changes to the levels of footpaths and the kerbing, the installation would be completed at that time.

The report was noted.

 

AY10/0912

Footpath – Carlow Road, Athy

The committee considered the following question in the name of Councillor Wall:

Can the council confirm when the footpath will be completed on the Carlow Road in Athy as previously discussed?

The administrator read a report from the transportation department, dated 14 September 2012, stating that the design for this footpath was dependent on the acquisition of some land. The land acquisition may not be possible due to circumstances beyond the control of the area office, which may lead to a redesign, with construction delayed until later in the year. There was also a problem with financing. Originally it was hoped that funding could be obtained from Athy Town Council development levies, unfortunately no funding has been made available from this source. Councillor Keatley stated that some development levies should be ring fenced for these kind of works in future, and members requested that they be kept informed of progress.

Resolved: that members be kept informed of progress.

About Mark Wall

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