A plan by Kerry County Council to address ongoing safety concerns about the crossroads in Abbeydorney village, has been rejected by council members.
The councillors voted unanimously to reject the proposal, claiming it ignored the suggestions of the local people, who put forward eleven submissions as part of the public consultation.
It means that €60,000 granted for the traffic calming measures has been lost for next year, and the local authority will need to re-apply for any further funding.
Abbeydorney Cross was identified as a high collision location, and funding was received from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to develop a low cost safety scheme for the area.
Kerry County Council completed site surveys, traffic counts, speed surveys and collision analysis to identify the problem and come up with a plan to tackle it.
Central to the plan was the development of a footway ‘build-out’, which removes the potential for motorists to cross the R556 without stopping.
It also proposed reducing the width of the carriageway, which would calm the through traffic.
Members of the public had an opportunity to make submissions on this, but objected to both the footway buildouts and the narrowing of the carriageway, claiming these measures would not address the issue of excessive speeding through the village.
They alternatively suggested installing speed ramps and developing a controlled pedestrian crossing on the Tralee/Ballybunion road, and at the GAA pitch.
Council engineer John Kennelly however told the November meeting of the Listowel Municipal District, that there was too much traffic for ramps in Abbeydorney, and not enough traffic for traffic lights.
Cllr Mike Kennelly described the council’s proposals as ‘a rush job’ and said none of the submissions made by the locals were addressed.
Cllr Robert Beasley said it was an unfortunate situation that had dragged on for too long, and that the people of Abbeydorney has put up with enough upheaval with the closure of the Dale Road.
Councillors eventually rejected the council’s proposal; the local authority will now have to start afresh in its quest to secure funding for the safety measures.