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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEETING

 

THURSDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER 2015

 

AGENDA REPLIES

 

ROADS CONFERENCE ROOM

 

 

 

Clondalkin 2.45.p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

1. Matters arising from TMM 24/09/2015
1.3 [MAY/54779] – CC Enq. No. 1101745 – Palmerstown Woods – Request Yield / Stop signs in Palmerstown Woods. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) Councillor to report back with details of specific junctions.
1.4 [JUN/55144] – Enq: 1108471 – Old Naas Road – The name of the road is the Old Naas Road. This road needs to be signposted, also a sign for Corkagh Park. (Cllr. F. Timmons). Councillor to report back with details of specific junctions.

 

PREVIOUS

Requested sign off the N7 towards Boot Road and at Hazelwood,JK to agree suitable location..

1.7  

CC Enq. No. 1110263 – Peamount Road – As a parent from Newcastle Glebe, it struck me during the new school induction day, that there are no pedestrian/traffic lights (in the direction of the school) for the kids from Peamount Road/Newcastle Glebe.

 

The Lollipop man, as far as I know, will be located directly outside the school and as you know, there are new traffic lights/pedestrian lights all the way down the main street. I feel we need lights or lollipop person somewhere near the T Junction of Peamount Road and Main Street.

 

I contacted Department of Education (Mary Horan) and she advised that this was a local Council/Corporation issue.  (Cllr. Francis Timmons)

 

Also CC Enq. No. 1125307 – The lights and/or lollypop person is required for the children coming from Newcastle Glebe/Peamount Road on the Peamount Road (at Peamount Motors). It is ;paramount for all the children and parents from our estate that they have a safe place to cross the main road. It is one of the busiest and most dangerous roads in Newcastle. I feel its totally unacceptable at this stage of the school year that there have been no provisions made for this. Speed ramps are also a crucial requirement for the Peamount Road.

 

If there’s anything else I can do to speed up this request, i.e. a petition etc please let me know. It would be a travesty for an injury to happen before appropriate action be taken.

 

Just to clarify that there is an urgent requirement on the Peamount Rd for speed ramps AND a pedestrian crossing. I would suggest  that the crossing be located facing the car sales situated about 200 meters from the top of Peamount Rd. Currently the residents from the Glebe have to cross the road at exceptional busy times. When the old sshool was being used we had 2 lollypop people. (Cllr. F. Timmons)

 

Enq 1136527 (Cllr. Francis Timmons

There is one particular problem which we feel is now so serious it requires immediate action to avoid a tragic accident. The population of Newcastle and it´s surrounds has increased greatly in recent times leading to a huge increase in the number of young kids walking to school and the number of cars travelling through the village. Crossing the road in certain parts of the village is extremely dangerous. 1. Turning on the traffic lights would help. They have been there for at least 6 months. They need to be turned on. 2. Schoolgoers coming from The Glebe Estate on Peamount Rd have to cross the road without any designated crossing point. There are no traffic calming measures on this road. Regarding positioning – The footpath on The Glebe side of Peamount Rd is too narrow which means walkers cross the road near the entrance to the Glebe Estate. Pedestrian Lights here would be preferable but other options such as a Pelican Crossing or a Traffic Warden, which, given the urgency of the issue, may be quicker to set up. Barriers are also required and any current or future crossing points. There have been a number of ´near misses´ on the Peamount Road in recent times and there is a real fear that a devastating accident awaits our community unless urgent action is taken. Please take this to the key personnel in SDCC. They have seen it before as we have raised it on a number of occasions but I trust you can relay the gravity of the situation and stress the need for immediate action. Thank You FB,  Re Newcastle Residents Association .

 

Also Enq 1136541  There have been a number of “near misses” on Peamount Rd same as above. (Cllr. Francis Timmons.)

 

Also Enq: 1136539-Schoolgoers coming from The Glebe Estate on Peamount Rd have to cross the road without any designated crossing point. There are no traffic calming measures on this road. Regarding positioning – The footpath on The Glebe side of Peamount Rd is too narrow which means walkers cross the road near the entrance to the Glebe Estate. Pedestrian Lights here would be preferable but other options such as a Pelican Crossing or a Traffic Warden, which, given the urgency of the issue, may be quicker to set up. Barriers are also required and any current or future crossing points. (Cllr. Francis Timmons).

 

Road Safety Officer has examined the location and temporary measures are being considered to cater for children coming from the west side of Peamount Road with a view to implementing short term interim measures in the near future.  The School Warden is operating at the lights at the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.8 [AUG/55690] – CC Enq. No. 1122945 – Rye Cottage, Boot Road – Extra Bollard needed at Rye Cottage to stop traffic driving through. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) Clarify issues/concerns.

 

No record of an extinguishment at this location.

1.10 [SEP/55763] – CC Enq. No. 1125309 – Peamount Road – two more accidents at Peamount where new speed sign is can anything else be done? residents are prevented walking in this area of Hospital. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) Recommend one ramp to be installed on the Lucan approach following extension of the 50kph speed limit zone and public light approx. 200m towards Newcastle Village.  It is also intended to provide an additional ramp from the Newcastle approach in 2016.

 

2. Box Junctions


 

3. Signing and Lining
4. Parking Restrictions
4.1 Enq: 1128246 – RM TBA – Rams Newcastle have requested the removal of the yellow lines outside old school at Newcastle. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). Rescind double yellow lines and school keep clear markings in the vicinity of the old school.
4.4 [NOV/56258] – CC Enq. No. 1137648 – Woodford Crescent – A serious issue has aisen in our estate Woodford Crescent, there are alot of cars on our road, members of the estate drive small trucks they park every evening right on the bend you are taking your life into your own hands coming around the corner as you can´t see past the van, never mind a car crash if a child was out playing you won´t see them, was wondering if double yellow lines might deter them from parking there. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) Provision of double yellow lines in the vicinity of the bad bend recommended.
4.5 [OCT/53853] – CC Enq. No. 1078379 – Ashwood Road – Traffic on Ashwood Road.  Cars parking both sides of road and blocking road and driveways during school hours . people using our driveways for turning. (Cllr. Francis Timmons).

Also CC Enq. No. 1131051 – Ashwood Road – Can you see if anything can be done regarding the main road into Ashwood.  Its impossible to get in and out in the morning with people dropping their kids to school and the Doctors surgery on 19 Ashwood Road. Some people even park in our gardens. Its one that needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt by both sides of the road being blocked. (Cllr. Francis Timmons)

A continuous white line in place – refer to Road Maintenance for reinstatement (Referred 10/11/2015).

 

Blocking of driveways is a matter for the Gardai.

4.7 NOV/56339 Enq: 1139506 Liscarne Court?? I witnessed a crash this morning at St. Mary’s school back gates one of many accidents there it was clear that the accident happened because of other traffic parked blocking the drivers full view off the road it was really disturbing as there were a few kids involved is there anything that can be done about the parking there I was hoping to start letting my boys go to school on there own after xmas but feel that I cant now as I be putting them in danger and the chances of some happening is very high I would appreciate it if you cant help guide me to some one that can Road facing the double gates at bk of school the road facing the gates one car was coming out off and the other car was coming down the road from Rowlagh Church heading for Neilstown Gardens were there so they have reports. (Cllr. F. Timmons). Requested Clarification – Cllr. Sent message to requestor seeking clarification 10/11/2015.
   
5. Traffic/Pedestrian Signals
6. School Requests
6.1 [SEP/55988 – CC Enq. No. 1129987 & CC Enq. No. 1129988 – Peamount Road – Clarified with resident.  location is in the vicinity of the hospital and also at The Glebe as children have to cross at this location to access the new School. (Cllr. Francis Timmons)

 

Recommend one ramp to be installed on the Lucan approach following extension of the 50kph speed limit zone and public light approx. 200m towards Newcastle Village.  It is also intended to provide an additional ramp from the Newcastle approach in 2016.

 

Road Safety Officer has examined the location and temporary measures are being considered to cater for children coming from the west side of Peamount Road with a view to implementing short term interim measures in the near future.

 

7. Other Measures
7.1 [OCT/56233] – Enq: 1136144 – Athgoe Road/Hill – There is a lot of speeding along the Athgoe Road straight section and coming down Athgoe Hill.

Speed control measures to be put in place along Ahgoe Road and coming off Athgoe Hill. Please put on traffic meeting agenda. (Cllr. F. Timmons).

Location previously examined (2014). It was reported that an appropriate sign for junction with bend was provided. Extra slow markings and rumble strips were also provided.

Issue of speeding at Athgoe Road/Hill has been reported to the Gardai. 28/10/2015.

 

Cllr. Requested issue be listed anyway.

7.2 NOV/56310  –  Enq:  1138416 – Kilteel Road – Ramps on Kilkeel Rd, uphill of the entrance to Broadfield estate are too low. This is allowing traffic to pass the entrance at speed. This is seriously compromising safety and posing a significant danger to traffic entering and leaving the estate ” (Cllr. F. Timmons) Request Road Maintenance to investigate and carry out remedial works.
7.3 [SEP/55977] – Enq: 1129670 – Old Nangor Road – Thanks to the Gardai for carrying out patrols and to (SDCC) for the measures applied to-date to reduce traffic speed on this road. The speed ramps put in-place in August are definitely a help; but we still feel there is more to do to improve safety for our children.   There are 2 speed ramps in the vicinity of the school, one on the approach from the village to the traffic lights crossing poaint the children use and a second after the traffic warden’s crossing point. However, we do feel an additional ramp between these 2 crossing points would be hugely beneficial in slowing the traffic at both crossing points. The current ramps really only slow traffic on one approach to either of these crossing points. We would also like to suggest that the visibility of the ramps as they are is poor. Even in the current bright dry weather, lots of cars are failing to see the ramps in time to slow down.

 

The current signage on the approach to the school from either direction is abysmally poor. There is only one “children crossing” sign in the vicinity of the school and it is obscured by trees; it is not really visible to drivers when travelling on the road. We enclose photographs of the approaches to the school from Clondalkin village and the Fonthill Road. We also enclose photographs of signage and road markings from other schools in South Dublin County (SDC).  We feel it is imperative that these types of signs and road marking are put in-place on the Old Nangor Road as soon as possible, in order to ensure all traffic is aware of our school and our school children on this stretch of road. What is needed is larger signs that are in clear view and on both sides of the road marking out a safe zone, in both directions, for our children to cross in.

 

We continue to support the national campaign for a 30km/h on the roads around schools. In the photographs we have included from other SDC schools you will see these schools already have this 30km/h in-place, using a SDCC bye-law. Why do these rules not apply to all schools in SDC?  (Cllr. Francis Timmons)

 

5 ramps have been provided on Old Nangor Road, the scheme was completed at the end of August 2015.

Drawing on file.

 

School Warden operates at this location for the safety of school children. Slow School ahead road markings are in place in both directions. School / Children Crossing signs are in place in both directions. School Keep Clear markings are in place at the entrance. Ample road side parking is provided. There is a Pedestrian Crossing is close to the school. Build out and slow markings in place at the entrance to Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain.

 

 

Repeater signs are however, obscured by trees and will be referred to Road Maintenance

 

30kph will be considered in the upcoming review

 

 

7.4 [JUN/55030] – CC Enq. No. 1106627 – Newcastle Village – Re Newcastle Village is not currently included in the schedule of roads with weight restrictions. How can this be changed ? and what is the best way to go about it? (Cllr. Frances Timmons)

 

 

Reply from Clondalkin ACM – Newcastle Village is located on the R120 (Lucan – Newcastle – Rathcoole Road).  As indicated in the Policy Document, “The Mobility and Management of Heavy Goods Vehicles on South Dublin County Road Network”, the R120 is part of the Existing Strategic Road Network.  As there is no suitable alternative route for accommodation of any diverted traffic, it is not feasible to restrict HGV access.

 

 

The latest information available is that the signals will be connected to the electricity network in December.

When the signals are on and traffic patterns have settled down, speed surveys will be undertaken in early in the new year with a view to establishing the extent of the problem.

The provision of speed display signs can then be considered in light of the results and the funding available.

 

 

 

 

following on from traffic meeting where I raised 29 items: the following are some actions from the meeting:

1) Yellow markings at old school in Newcastle will be removed next few weeks
2) Lights at Newcastle Lyons will go on early October
3) They will look at Lollipop issue and come back to me asap (SEO to write to An Taisce regarding a Walkability Audit for this location to access Health and safety.)
4) Issues at Peamount Hospital – Meeting with hospital staff to be arranged (A/Snr./Eng). – Report back to next traffic meeting.
5) St. Patrick’s Estate and St. Patricks Park are on the agreed list for the provision of Children at Play signage for 2015.
6) Palmerstown woods – Referred to Public Realm to cut back vegetation to improve sight lines.
7) Fitzmaurice Road – Rathcoole – Parks Department agreed to initiate a Part 8 procedure regarding the provision of parking facilities. Access from Fitzmaurice Road has been agreed by Roads Department. This proposal is subject to funding by Parks.
8) JUN/55144] – Enq: 1108471 – Old Naas Road – The name of the road is the Old Naas Road. This road needs to be signposted, also a sign for Corkagh Park. – signs to go up ASAP
9) [NOV/52301] – CC Enq. No. 1061001 – Newcastle Village – Proposed Villages Initiative for Newcastle to include measures to address this issue.
10) Enq 1119063-Cherrywood Avenue- Cherrywood Villas – New road markings and upgrade.
11) a proper Taxi Rank for Clondalkin village – Design of taxi rank is being discussed at SPC. Draft Report on file.

1. Matters arising from TMM 26/03/2015
1.2 [NOV/52301] – CC Enq. No. 1061001 – Newcastle Village – A couple of people have approached me regarding a few issues, mostly regarding traffic. The following has been discussed verbally,
1.  Trucks and cars are parking on the path near the service station to purchase items from the shop. This poses two problems, a) the finished surfaces of the paths are getting torn up causing potential trip hazards and b) I have actually seen people leave the path to get past, a situation which cannot be tolerated. Also a truck which was parked outside the shop actually rolled down the road last year while the driver was in the shop, which could have had fatal consequences. My idea would be to to continue the black bollards which are outside the shop along the paths as you turn left and right out of the shop and also on the path across the road at Newcastle Manor. I’m almost convinced a situation like this dose not exist in surrounding villages!!  (Cllr. Francis Timmons) This location is being included in the scope of works for the Villages Initiative for Newcastle to include measures to address this issue.

1.3 JAN/52990 Enq. 1069360  – Request for TMM – Scramblers and quads dangers at Corkagh Park, Fonthill Road and Hill at Glenfield Avenue. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). Parks have reported 31/03/2015 That the use of all motor vehicles including motorbikes is regulated by law. Vehicles are required to be taxed and insured, drivers are required to hold an appropriate licence or permit and are required to abide by the Rules of the Road when using them in a public place. Enforcement is a matter for An Garda Síochána.
The 2011 Bye-laws for Parks and Open Spaces contain specific provisions prohibiting the use of motorbikes, scramblers and quad motorcycles in public parks and open spaces under Section 3 – Traffic.
Other than works vehicles and in relation to specific events, all vehicular use is prohibited. These provision were specifically included as a result of the many complaints and representations received from the Elected Members and the general public expressing great concern about public safety, noise and nuisance arising from the irresponsible and, in many cases, illegal use of these vehicles in parks and open spaces.

1.6 FEB/ 53854  Enq. 1078367  Collinstown Road – Constant double parking around Chaplins Row and Terrace and cars constantly being parked on public footpaths blocking the way for our residents in wheelchairs at the entrance to Harelawn ! It also makes it impossible to see either direction of oncoming traffic when leaving the Harelawn estate ! Extremely dangerous for our children. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
Under the Road Traffic (Traffic & Parking) Regulations 1997, Section 36 (i). It is illegal to park on a public footpath.

Gardai to carry out enforcement in the area.
Refered 31/03/2015.

Leave on the TMM.

1.7 FEB/53853  Enq. 1078379 Ashwood Road – Traffic on Ashwood road. Cars parking both sides of road and blocking road and driveways during school hours. People using our driveways for turning.  (Cllr. F. Timmons).
Issue relates to school time and doctor’s surgery.
Refer illegal parking to the Gardai. School time issue.

Referred 31/03/2015.

1.8 MAR/53945 – Enq 1082668 Main Street, Newcastle – Newcastle Tidy Towns requests double yellow lines at school in Newcastle – dangerous outside Gondola Pub and that side. (Cllr. F. Timmons). On inspection no parking outside the Gondola Pub.

The location will be monitored when the new school is operational.

Map on file

1.9 [FEB/53537] – CC Enq. No. 1076446 – St. Patrick’s Road – St Patricks Residents association have asked me to bring up again that children are playing on road can children at play signs be put up ? yellow lines for no double parking at chipper ? maybe some of green at vacant house given back for children to play would be a safe alternative ? (Cllr. F Timmons) Refer to Parks to request part of the green space at the vacant house to be dedicated as a Children’s Play area.
(Referred 22/04/2015 to D. Fennell – who then referred it to Michael Hannon 24/04/2015).

St. Patrick’s Estate and St. Patricks Park  are on the agreed list for the provision of Children at Play signage for 2015.

Extensive double yellow lines have been provided at appropriate locations.  Further double yellow lines are not recommended as any parking  issue is of short duration.
1.11 MAR/53951 – Enq. 1078998  Glenfield Park – Request for Children at Play signs at the entrance to Glenfield Park or even one or two ramps + other traffic measures. (Referred from Traffic Calming).  (Cllr. F. Timmons).  Traffic Calming Section only inspect after  the location has been selected as a priority.
This location was not inspected for the provision of ramps.

This location was not on agreed list for Children Play Signs for 2015. However this location has been added to a request list for future consideration.
1.12 [FEB/53677] – CC Enq. No. 1078368 – Palmerstown Woods – Entrance of Palmerstown Woods impossible to cross for pedestrians, traffic lights needed. (Cllr. Francis Timmons)

The Council enhanced the crossing point at the entrance from Palmerstown Woods in 2014.  Installed warning signs and road markings on each approach from the Main Road.

While these existing arrangements are generally considered adequate, the location is currently being assessed for suitability for   the provision of speed display signage on approach from Wheatfield.

Refer to Public Realm to cut back vegetation to improve sight lines. – referred 05/03/2015

1.13 FEB/53703 Enq:  1078369 – Ninth Lock Road – The lights at the garage past the waterside towards Neilstown. Absolutely bugs the life out of me. Have been late numerous times because the traffic turning right is blocking the traffic from going straight, which blocks the rest of the road & traffic coming from the nangor road can´t turn right because of the gridlock. If the path outside the garage was halved this would solve the problem. Really really annoying & very easily fixed. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
The traffic signal sequence is operating correctly.  Any change in timings will result in increased delays especially to traffic from Neilstown.

Local widening would require major funding.

1.15 MAR/54039  Enq: 1083625  Old Nangor Road – several accidents at Old Nangor Road near CPM Club needs urgent action. I have asked Sgt. Lydon for a report on same. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
Report received from Sergeant Lydon 07/05/2015 re traffic collisions on the Old Nangor Road between 01/10/24 to 28/04/2015 Recorded on the Pulse system.
Material damage  – only 5 accidents
Non serious injury  –  2

This road was improved in 2012. The severe bend was eased and a footpath provided.

Old Nangor Road has been selected for Traffic Calming ramps in 2015. Scheme has been prepared and circulated, however, the provision of an additional 1 to 2 ramps in the vicinity of the Gael Scoil is also being considered subject to funding.

It is proposed that discussion will take place with Cllrs on the proposals ahead of the next ACM.

2. Parking Restrictions
2.3  MAY/54579 Enq: 1095993 – Riversdale Road – Enq: 1095993  –  Residents in Riversdale again point out the amount of cars parked on road can something be done ?

Later clarified as Riversdale Road , parking particularly bad at nighttime 9.00 p.m. as cars parked everywhere, hard to get in and out. (Cllr. F. Timmons). To be discussed with Councillor at Traffic Management Meeting.
2.4 SEP/51109 Enq: 1097772 Fitzmaurice Road:  –  Vehicles park on the grass verge opposite Avoca. The owners access the park mainly for sports. This is usually in the evening but also can be daytime. (Cllr. F. Timmons).  This issue was discussed at the TMM in January 2015. The recommendation was request for parking facilities within the park grounds.
(Referred to Public Realm 06/11/2014).

Reply from Parks to be forwarded to Councillors when received. 06/05/15 – no reply to date.
2.5 MAY/54881 – Enq: 1097772 Vehicles park on or blocking footpaths in Rathcoole Main Street between Tesco and the Chinese takeaway. This occurs mornings, lunchtime and later in the evenings.
Also – severe parking problems occur at school drop off and pick up times. The problems occur at all schools in the village.  (Cllr. F. Timmons). Referred parking on the footpaths to Gardai 14/05/2015.
Both schools in Rathcoole are served by extensive double yellow lines, bollards, pedestrian guard rails, school keep clear markings, on-road slow markings, caution school ahead markings and advance children crossing warning signage.

2.6 MAY/54584 – Enq: 1097772  Main Street, Rathcoole – HGV’s parking on the Village Main Street overnight to avail of an early start with access to the Naas Road. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). A residential ban on parking of HGV’s  is in place and is enforceable by the Gardai.
Refer to Gardai.
2.7 MAY/54585 – Enq:  1097772  – Kilteel Road – Traffic in front of Poitin Stil – dangerous traffic situation at the junction of Kilteel Road and Main Street leading to An Poitin Stil and Naas Road. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). Discuss with Councillor at Traffic Management Meeting – clarify dangerous situation.

Map on file.
2.8 MAY/54586 Enq: 1097772 – Rathcoole – Village – Disability Access to footpaths. (Cllr. F. Timmons). Discuss with Councillor at Traffic Management Meeting.
3. Signing and Lining
3.1 MAY/54573 Enq: 1095315 Tower Road – I would recommend road markings NO ENTRY for vehicles that exit the car park. This would be on council roads and nothing to do with the car park.
I am not sure and may be mistaking  but it looks like the council are responsible for the road around the car park and this is at the exit where cars come out and turn right in error. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). Road Maintenance have been requested to replace the “No Right Turn” sign. This measure is considered adequate.
4. Box Junctions
4.1 Enq:  1098881 – MAY/54656 Cherrywood Crescent/Nangor Road – Enq: 1098881  Yellow box at the top of Cherrywood Crescent out on to the Nangor Road please. blocked up in the mornings for the school run so from at least 8 – 9 you cant down the other road either, the one leading out to the main road opp Cherrywood Avenue. They are the only ways out of Cherrywood Crescent, It does be backed up to the roundabout at the spar complex.

Yellow box recommended at this location subject to statutory approval.

5. Traffic/Pedestrian Signals
6. Other Measures
6.2 MAY/54574 – Enq: 1095511 –Old Nangor Road – looking for this outside: Gael Scoil Chluain Dolcáin
the Pedestrian lights which were out on two occasions in the last two months. Last week they were not working from Monday until Wednesday afternoon. will these lights be fixed permenantly?
also:
including an ILLUMINATED 30km/hr speed limit sign
1. Children crossing sign (grass verge on right side)
2. Children crossing sign with flashing light (grass verge on right side)
3. Traffic light signs (left and right)
4. 50 km/hr sign leading up to the school(left and right)
5. Illuminated 30km/hr at the school with flashing orange lights “Children crossing”.
6. Barrier fence on foot path.
7. Pedestrian lights (left and right)
8. Children crossing with flashing lights (left and right)
9. Traffic light sign (left and right)
10. Lolly pop crossing with barrier fence.
Enq: 1095535  – Cllr. F. Timmons
As an example of the deplorable, dangerous traffic situation outside Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin I would like to contrast it with the traffic calming measures at Drimnagh Castle school:
Travelling the Longmile Road towards the city a driver is bombarded with many cautions and warnings, including an ILLUMINATED 30km/hr speed limit sign (see photograph below). The full list of traffic calming measures at Drimnagh Castle school are listed below: (same as 1 – 10 above).
The above measures when compared with GSCD (speed limit 50km/hr, minimal signage) amount to neglect and discrimination by SDCC when dealing with GSCD. An accident is waiting to happen outside GSCD and at that stage SDCC will have a lot to account for. The footpath work that was undertaken last year, while it is a welcome and necessary addition, still leaves this entire stretch of road treacherous (Last year a driver lost control of his car and crashed into the wall at Dunne’s entrance/exit – luckily no pedestrian was hit).
Recent proof of neglect for safety outside GSCD includes the Pedestrian lights which were out on two occasions in the last two months. Last week they were not working from Monday until Wednesday afternoon. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
Enq: 1996174 Same request as above 1 – 10.
I have received a complaint from a constituent regarding the need for traffic calming measures on the Old Nangor Road including the need for appropriate signage including flashing lights and reduced speed limits during school hours for example at St. Mary´s Girls National School, Lucan, and St. Joseph´s College, Lucan, especially since there are approximately 700 children and students currently attending school at this location and most likely there will be more with the approval of a new and bigger building for Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin.
Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain Concerned Parents – letter on file. (Sergeant Lydon requested that this correspondence ben brought to the attention of the Roads Department.

On 06/05/2015 the Chief Technician reported that on 15/4/2015 the lights were reported to this office as out.
The signals were repaired within 2 hours.
On 20/3/2015 the signals were out for a short period due to a local power issue.
There have been no other issues in 2015 other than a couple of lamps which were replaced.

The following measures are in place.

School Warden operates at this location for the safety of school children.

Slow School ahead road markings are in place in both directions.

School / Children Crossing signs are in place in both directions.

School Keep Clear markings are in place at the entrance.

Ample road side parking is provided.

There is a Pedestrian Crossing is close to the school.

Build out and slow markings in place at the entrance to Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain.

The issue of speeding and illegal parking has been referred to the Gardai.

New Measures:

Old Nangor Road has been selected for Traffic Calming ramps in 2015. Scheme has been prepared and circulated, however, the provision of an additional 1 to 2 ramps in the vicinity of the Gael Scoil is also being considered subject to funding.

It is proposed that discussion will take place with Cllrs on the proposals ahead of the next ACM.

30kph: can be considered as part of the Countywide Speed Limit Review in 2015.

Note:  Signage is standard.

The sign on approach to Tower Road will be referred to Road Maintenance to reposition.

1. Matters arising from TMM 22/01/2015
1.2 [NOV/52301] – CC Enq. No. 1061001 – Newcastle Village – A couple of people have approached me regarding a few issues, mostly regarding traffic. The following has been discussed verbally,1.  Trucks and cars are parking on the path near the service station to purchase items from the shop. This poses two problems, a) the finished surfaces of the paths are getting torn up causing potential trip hazards and b) I have actually seen people leave the path to get past, a situation which cannot be tolerated. Also a truck which was parked outside the shop actually rolled down the road last year while the driver was in the shop, which could have had fatal consequences. My idea would be to to continue the black bollards which are outside the shop along the paths as you turn left and right out of the shop and also on the path across the road at Newcastle Manor. I’m almost convinced a situation like this dose not exist in surrounding villages!! (Cllr. Francis Timmons) It was agreed at the Villages Meeting that the area will be monitored over the next couple of weeks to check parking patterns here. 

 

 

Consideration is being given to the installation of a raised kerb to prevent vehicles mounting same.

 

At time of inspection, no evidence of parking or footpath damage in front of the garage.

1.4 JAN/52990 Enq. 1069360  – Request for TMM – Scramblers and quads dangers at Corkagh Park, Fonthill Road and Hill at Glenfield Avenue. (Cllr. Francis Timmons).Enq. 1070186 Same

 

Gardai reported that this problem is difficult to address unless on a public road. 

A Gardai presence was agreed at these locations and a report will be forwarded to the next TMM.

1.5 [DEC/52671] – CC Enq. No. 1065554 – Junction of Main Street, Newcastle and Peamount Road – Can the Council please install double yellow lines opposite the Gondola pub on the approach to the junction of Main St Newcastle and Peamount Rd? (Cllr. Emer Higgins) Also Enq: 1082668 Newcastle tidy towns requests double yellow lines at school in Newcastle dangerous outside gondola pub and that side

 (Cllr. F. Timmons).

Inspection carried out on both sides of the road. There was no evidence of a parking issue. Further double yellow lines are not recommended. 

 

 

2. Parking Restrictions  
2.3 [JAN/53330] – CC Enq. No. 1074356 – Glenfield Avenue – Something needs to be done about the doctors surgery in Glenfield Ave. The cars do be parked on both sides of the road including the corners during surgery hours. Very hard to see past the corner for oncoming traffic. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) An inspection revealed parking on both sides of the road in the vicinity of the surgery.  However, the width of the road is such that the parking was not impeding the flow of traffic. 

Inspection did not reveal any parking close to the bends.

2.4 FEB/ 53584  Enq. 107836 Collinstown Road – Constant double parking around Chaplins Row and Terrace and cars constantly being parked on public footpaths blocking the way for our residents in wheelchairs at the entrance to Harelawn ! It also makes it impossible to see either direction of oncoming traffic when leaving the Harelawn estate ! Extremely dangerous for our children. (Cllr. F. Timmons).  Under the Road Traffic (Traffic & Parking) Regulations 1997, Section 36 (i). It is illegal to park on a public footpath. 

Discuss with Gardai at meeting.

2.5 FEB/53853  Enq. 1078379 Ashwood Road – Traffic on Ashwood road. Cars parking both sides of road and blocking road and driveways during school hours. People using our driveways for turning. (Cllr. F. Timmons).  Enforcement issue for Gardai – discuss with Gardai at meeting.
2.6 MAR/53945 – Enq 1082668 Main Street, Newcastle – Newcastle Tidy Towns requests double yellow lines at school in Newcastle – dangerous outside Gondola Pub and that side. (Cllr. F. Timmons). Inspection carried out on both sides of the road. There was no evidence of a parking issue. Further double yellow lines are not recommended.There is “School Keep Clear” markings in place and a School Warden operates at this school.
2.7 [FEB/53537] – CC Enq. No. 1076446 – St. Patrick’s Road – St Patricks Residents association have asked me to bring up again that children are playing on road can children at play signs be put up ? yellow lines for no double parking at chipper ? maybe some of green at vacant house given back for children to play would be a safe alternative ? (Cllr. F Timmons) This issue will be added to the list for children at play signs for consideration. 

Extensive double yellow lines have been provided at appropriate locations.  Further double yellow lines are not recommended as any parking  issue is of short duration.

 

Clarify location of green area for  children to play. Clarification sought by membersnet 05/03/2015.

3. Signing and Lining  
3.3 MAR/53951 – Enq. 1078998 Glenfield Park – Request for Children at Play signs at the entrance to Glenfield Park or even one or two ramps + other traffic measures. (Referred from Traffic Calming).  (Cllr. F. Timmons). Not selected for Traffic Calming in 2015. Add to “Children at Play” List.

 

4. Box Junctions  
5. Traffic/Pedestrian Signals  
5.1 FEB/53703 Ninth Lock Road – The lights at the garage past the waterside towards Neilstown. Absolutely bugs the life out of me. Have been late numerous times because the traffic turning right is blocking the traffic from going straight, which blocks the rest of the road & traffic coming from the nangor road can´t turn right because of the gridlock. If the path outside the garage was halved this would solve the problem. Really really annoying & very easily fixed. (Cllr. F. Timmons). The traffic signal sequence is operating correctly. Local widening would require major funding.
5.2 [FEB/53677] – CC Enq. No. 1078368 – Palmerstown Woods – Entrance of Palmerstown Woods impossible to cross for pedestrians, traffic lights needed. (Cllr. Francis Timmons) 

 

The Council enhanced the crossing point at the entrance from Palmerstown Woods in 2014.  Installed warning signs and road markings on each approach from the Main Road.   

Consideration will be given to the provision of speed indicator signage on approach from Wheatfield.

 

Refer to Public Realm to cut back vegetation to improve sight lines. – referred 05/03/2015

 


 

6. Other Measures  
6.1 MAR/54039  Enq: 1083625     Old Nangor Road – several accidents at Old Nangor Road near CPM Club needs urgent action. I have asked Sgt. Lydon for a report on same. (Cllr. F. Timmons).   The road at CPM pitch and putt club(CPM is Clondalkin paper mills)

 

 – to be inspected.

 

Traffic update

1.2 [SEP/51009] – Enq. 1043209 Fitzmaurice Road – Parking on Fitzmaurice Road (opposite Avoca) along the grass verge during football matches in the park – what can be done about this? Is there any potential for a car park nearby – could the NRA site opposite the park be a possibility. (Cllr. F Timmons)
OCT/51972 Enq. 1054918 Rathcoole Village – HGV’s Vehicles parking overnight – on the grass verge opposite Avoca . The owners access the park mainly for sports. This is usually in the evening but also can be daytime. Enforcement of byelaws, appropriate signage. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
OCT/51972 Enq. 1054918 Same + Request for Enforcement of byelaws, appropriate signage.
OCT/51974 Enq. 1054918 Same + Traffic movement analysis conducted at the morning drop off and afternoon pickup times during school term to form the basis for a traffic management plan.
Attention should be paid to the effects on traffic in neighbouring estates especially Forrest Hills. (Cllr. F. Timmons).
Public Realm have been requested to consider the provision of parking facilities within the park grounds.
(Referred 06/11/2014).

Reply from Parks to be forwarded to Councillors.

1.5 [SEP/51344] – CC Enq. No. 1047287/CC Enq. No. 1049624 – Enq. 1047761 Cherrywood Estate – All traffic into Cherrywood Lawn/Cherrywood Park filters in through one entry point on Cherrywood Crescent with bollards blocking off where Cherrywood Park and Cherrywood Lawns intersect with Cherrywood Crescent. This is no longer suitable as car ownership and volumes in the Cherrywood Crescent have increased a lot since when these were originally blocked off. I can’t see how this suits anyone in the estate:

• If you live in the Park/Lawn you’ve a longer drive to get in/out of your house.
• If you live on the Crescent, there is far more traffic going up and down.

I’m sure if a straw poll was to be taken among the residents of Cherrywood, there would be support for opening up these 3 entry points to Cherrywood Park and Cherrywood Lawn If these can’t or won’t be opened up, then we really need an extra ramp or 2 between the green stretch shown on the attached Cherrywood Crescent image. This green stretch allows people to speed up and as this is a busy route with the park entrance being on the stretch, it’s only a matter of time before an accident occurs. Red boxes show the location of the 2 ramps on the crescent. Blue boxes shows the location of the bollards (Cllr. F. Timmons / Cllr. B. Bonner / Resident) It would be necessary to have 100% agreement from residents to open up 3 entry points into Cherrywood Estate.

1.6 NOV/52429 – Enq. 1061875 Hazelwood – speed that buses and cars drive at is a health and safety issue.
Also Enq. 1070186 – Same Cllr. F. Timmons.
(Cllr. F. Timmons). Hazlewood Road has been selected as part of the 2014 Traffic Calming Programme. A design will be prepared in due course.
2.2 [DEC/52573] – Enq. No. 1061703 – Dunawley Estate – Karen Geoghegan requests Parking for Clonburris National school be looked at. At school times the estate is packed Could a car park be looked at in green space at dunawley / oakwood ? (Cllr. Francis Timmons) To be inspected at school times.
Map on file.

3.1 [NOV/52480] – CC Enq. No. 1060531 – St. Patrick’s Park – Residents of St Patrick’s Park would like some traffic calming measures. They say that there are lots of children who play in around the shops / chipper area and that there is an accident waiting to happen as traffic drives very fast into the estate.
In addition, could you please include information in relation to Children At Play signs as the residents group might choose to proceed with some of these if they cannot get traffic calming / ramps etc.
Also Enq. 1070186 – St. Patrick’s Park- Traffic Calming. (Cllr. F. Timmons.)
Also
[DEC/52571] – CC Enq. No. 1063190 – St. Patrick’s Estate – for 2 ramps before the chipper and just before the turn into the park at St Patricks estate (Looking since 2010). (Cllr. Francis Timmons) This location has been added to a List of Children at Play Requests. These signs will be installed on an area basis commencing in February.

The location has not been selected for Traffic Calming. 3.2 [NOV/52301] – CC Enq. No. 1061001 – Newcastle Village – A couple of people have approached me regarding a few issues, mostly regarding traffic. The following has been discussed verbally,
1. Trucks and cars are parking on the path near the service station to purchase items from the shop. This poses two problems, a) the finished surfaces of the paths are getting torn up causing potential trip hazards and b) I have actually seen people leave the path to get past, a situation which cannot be tolerated. Also a truck which was parked outside the shop actually rolled down the road last year while the driver was in the shop, which could have had fatal consequences. My idea would be to to continue the black bollards which are outside the shop along the paths as you turn left and right out of the shop and also on the path across the road at Newcastle Manor. I’m almost convinced a situation like this dose not exist in surrounding villages!! (Cllr. Francis Timmons) Consideration is being given to the installation of a raised kerb to prevent vehicles mounting same.

3.3 JAN/53025 – Enq. 1070186 – St. Marks Gardens – Request for signage (Cllr. F. Timmons). &
JAN/53031 Enq. 1070186 – St. Marks Drive/Gardens – the roundabout at St. Marks Drive turning to St. Marks Gardens to be put back, it was covered up when the road was resurfaced and not redone, we have cars sliding up and down the road, it is very dangerous. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). Re-instatement of the roundabout has been referred to Road Maintenance. Work is weather dependent and will be installed as soon as possible.

Signage for St Marks Garden will be installed shortly.
3.4 JLY/50552 Enq. 1070186 Previous Enq. 1034105 – Signs for children playing at Oatfield-Harelawn. (Cllr. Francis Timmons). This location has been added to a List of Children at Play Requests. These signs will be installed on an area basis commencing in February.

5.2 JAN/52987 Enq. 1069358 Fonthill Business Park – Fonthill Road North – This is exactly why we need traffic lights put in place. (photo on file). The road is constantly busy especially the last few weeks people driving like lunatics and taking chances trying to get onto the roundabout. I hope these people are ok and thankfully there were no pedestrians trying to cross. Something needs to be done. (Cllr. Francis Timmons).
Also Enq 1070186
Also Previously Enq. 1025670 Roads Forward Planning are finalising
the phasing of the development including provision of pedestrian facilities at this roundabout with the Developer of the Liffey Valley Development. The members will be kept informed.

Similar to 5.4.

5.3 JAN/53027 Main Street, Newcastle – Enq. 1070186 – Request for update on traffic lights, Main Street, Newcastle. (Cllr. Frances Timmons). A fully signalised junction is to be installed on Aylmer Road at its junction with Newcastle & Burgage Street (Newcastle Lyons).

In addition to 3 sets of pedestrian signals at the Newcastle Lyons roundabout. Works should begin in the next month.

6.5 JAN/52990 Enq. 1069360 – Request for TMM – Scramblers and quads dangers at Corkagh Park, Fonthill Road and Hill at Glenfield Avenue. (Cllr. Francis Timmons).
Enq. 1070186 Same Query + James Connolly.

6.6 JAN/53028 1070186 Request for Peamount Hospital Update.
Previous Enq. 1061875. TMM (Cllr. Frances Timmons). Two speed limit indicator signs will be installed at this location within the next week or two.

6.8 SEP/51013 Enq 1070186 Previously Enq. 1043209 –Riversdale –
Riversdale Speeding. (Cllr. F. Timmons). 5 traffic calming ramps have been provided on Watery Lane, two of which are in the vicinity of Riversdale. Recommended 3 on road “slow” markings at appropriate locations in Riversdale Estate.