Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

Another 700 homes granted for South Drogheda

This week´s Slane area meeting saw some good news in relation to road safety in the County. The engineers, in conjunction with the new road safety officer Mike Finnegan, have agreed to reduce speed limits outside all schools in the county down to 50kph.

We were shown maps of the vicinity of each school, highlighting where the 50kph zones will take effect. We were also shown the proposals for other areas where speed reductions are being proposed.

As Councillors we were all given an opportunity to comment on the proposals and to suggest changes. In the main, I had very few comments. I particularly welcomed the proposed changes at Bellewstown, where the limit will now stretch for 1500m at the top of the hill, and in Donore village and at the Grammar school.

Myself and Councillor Tom Kelly proposed to extend the speed limits in Stamullen, so now there will be a reduced limit in place from outside the school on Cockhill Road right down to the village, then across the Gormanstown Road as far as the college. I also asked for the limit to be extended along Bryanstown Lane, from the Eagle service station right across to Stubbs Hill. This part of south Drogheda is growing rapidly, with 400 houses currently under construction.

The engineers are going to take away our comments and work them up before the speed limits go on public display.

And in relation to south Drogheda growing rapidly, I heard on Friday that Niall Mellon of Menolly Homes has received permission for another 700 houses at the top of the Rathmullen road beside the Highlands. This one development is an increase in the town's population of in the order of 5%. In the last year the planners have given permission for 1,100 houses on this side of Drogheda. They need to be sure other agencies are aware of their actions.

Finally, my Senate campaign finished last week. Thanks to all those who helped out, whether by driving me around, ringing friends, or just plugging the gaps when I was aware. Results come out next week, so we will know then.

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