Election candidate opposes Central Access Scheme

Mary Cody

Reporter:

Mary Cody

Local election candidate Conor Foley chatting with David Coleman during his canvass in Kilkenny city last Friday afternoon. Photo: Pat Moore.
Independent candidate Conor Foley has voiced his strong opposition to the Central Access Scheme and is calling for the construction of the northern extension of the Ring Road as a priority over CAS.

Independent candidate Conor Foley has voiced his strong opposition to the Central Access Scheme and is calling for the construction of the northern extension of the Ring Road as a priority over CAS.

“I support the call to construct the northern extension of the ring road as a priority over the CAS road and bridge. The northern extension of the ring road will help reduce excess traffic and HGVs on the city’s residential streets on the western side. The CAS road and bridge will not help and unfortunately is more likely to exacerbate traffic problems on our residential streets,” he said.

“It is clear to me that FG, FF and Labour councillors standing in the 2014 elections support the completion of the CAS as a priority over the northern extension of the ring road. As such they are, in my view, disregarding the traffic concerns of people living on residential streets on the city’s western side.

“I trust that people voting in city west who are concerned about HGVs and excess traffic on residential streets will vote for myself Conor Foley, Malcolm Noonan, and Kathleen Funchion as the candidates consistently and clearly supporting completion of the ring road as a priority over the CAS road and bridge,” he added.

“I am surprised that my name was excluded as a candidate with anti-CAS views in a recent survey by support group protesting the Central Access Scheme.

A spokesperson for the Campaign to Complete Kilkenny Ring Road said that the omission to include Mr Foley as a candidate opposed to the project was ‘a genuine mistake’ and added that they would apologise to him in person.

They confirmed that Mr Foley was one of the candidates who completed the survey and stated his opposition to the project.