Cllr Flood, Imelda Munster TD & Residents at Sunnyside

Cllr Flood, Imelda Munster TD & Residents at Sunnyside

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster and local councillor Kenneth Flood have met with residents of Sunnyside to discuss traffic calming measures in the area.

For a number of years residents and parents of students attending the local Sacred Heart School have requested Louth County Council take control of lands known as ‘Kitty Daly’s site’ and use it to widen a perilous stretch of road for the safety of both locals and students of the school at Sunnyside.

However, in December last year, Louth County Council CEO Joan Martin said the council would not be in a position of going down the road for first registration and that the file should now be closed.

Commenting Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood said,
“I have met with Louth County Council Officials on this issue several times in the past and the answer has always been the same. The council refuse to register the land which they own and now, they have abandoned their claim to the site without attempting to alleviate the traffic congestion at this dangerous bottle neck.

“This issue has been raised multiple times by my party colleagues going back almost two decades. After my latest meeting with Council Officials, Deputy Imelda Munster and I met with local residents at the site to discuss the council’s refusal to take a position on the land. We have also looked at other options where improvements could be made to alleviate the problems at this junction.
“I have now submitted a motion to the April Municipal District of Drogheda meeting calling on Louth County Council to install a mini roundabout to help ease traffic movement and also to install a footpath from the school to the junction of Blackbush Lane so the 600 students of Sacred Heart School don’t have to cross the road in heavy traffic.

” If the council give the usual answer of “no funding available” then my colleague Deputy Munster will pursue this issue with the Department of Transport.
The issues at this site have been ongoing for decades and Louth County Council have been aware of them. Now that CEO Joan Martin has publicly stated that the book should be closed on the council’s ownership of the property at this site which could have solved the problems, the Council must now take action on my motion and use the site to solve the traffic and improve road safety problems in the area”.

Munster To Push For Roundabout At Mell Junction

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In December Sinn Féin Councillor Imelda Munster called on Drogheda Borough
Council to carry out a vehicle and pedestrian user safety assessment of the
junction at Upper Mell / Cement Road / Old Slane Road.

Cllr Munster stated at that time that “there is a constant stream of traffic in all directions at this busy junction leading from Mell to the M1 Retail Park. There is also a constant flow of motorists going on to and coming off the M1 motorway heading down Mell. At this junction cars have to stop facing down Mell to turn right to access a road, where the vehicle has to do a u turn at a very busy part of the road to access several residential estates and the local GAA club on the Old Slane Road.”

Imelda Munster continued,  “traffic from behind have very little visibility of the stopped vehicle due to a brow of the hill driving down Mell towards the town centre. Also pedestrians who live in the area have to cross this very busy junction to access the supermarket or shops. The road at this junction is exceptionally wide and has no safe crossing point for pedestrians.”

The Borough Council passed the motion and that report has now been carried out and returned to her and work has now commenced on the procurement of a contractor to carry out traffic counts at this location.

Cllr Munster explained “this information is needed to prepare a  preliminary design for the junction and it is estimated that it will take 11 weeks to complete this phase of the project. This means it will then be ready for a Part 8 Planning presentation at the May meeting and the Borough engineer will have an interim report on the works required together with a budget cost available to consider before the Roadworks Programme is adopted.”

Cllr Munster continued “I do hope that a roundabout with pedestrian access will be part of the of the design and I intend to pursue this to have the project for this busy junction completed this year.”

Cllr Munster at the busy junction

Cllr Munster at the busy junction