Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Safer Access to St Catherine’s Park must be key to any future development

 

Roderic O'Gorman at entrance to St. Catherine's Park

Last week I made a submission on behalf of the Dublin West Green Party regarding the Draft Masterplan for St. Catherine’s Park .

 

St. Catherine’s is a fantastic resource for Dublin 15 residents, located on the bank of River Liffey between Lucan and Leixlip.

 

A key element of our submission concerns access to the park. St Catherine’s Park could become an ideal location for cyclists and walkers travelling along the Royal Canal or coming from Dublin 15. However, this will not be possible so long as the access route remains in its currently dangerous state.

 

During the summer, myself and a group of local Green Party members cycled from Coolmine to St. Catherine’s and experienced for ourselves exactly how dangerous the road part of the journey is.

 

The junction of the R149 and the entrance road to the Park is on a blind turn and is extremely dangerous. It is vital that proper signage is put in place to warn vehicles travelling along the R149 about the entrance to the Park. I have also argued for some traffic calming measures at this point to slow down traffic.

 

In Fingal County Councils draft plan, the R149 road is marked out as a potential element in a Regional Cycle Route, which would link Lucan with the Royal Canal. While this is a great idea, the road as it currently stands between the entrance to St Catherine’s Park and the Royal Canal path at Collins Bridge is completely unsuitable for any significant cycling usage. There is only a partial footpath on one side of the road with the other being taken up with a high ditch which gives cyclists very little protection”.

 

I am pleased that Fingal County Council is making plans for greater usage of St. Catherine’s Park, but the extra facilities must be matched with making access to the Park more safe. I will continue to lobby the Council on this issue.