Residents still seek answers

Concerned residents at Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny City are still seeking answers from the county council about what is to happen to their area during construction and upon completion of the Central Access Scheme.

Concerned residents at Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny City are still seeking answers from the county council about what is to happen to their area during construction and upon completion of the Central Access Scheme.

Richard Murphy has been contacting the council on behalf of the residents in recent weeks, and says he is yet to receive any response allaying their concerns. Locals, many of whom are elderly, feel they have been left in the dark regarding traffic management plans for the area.

Among the issues on which they are seeking clarity are parking provision on Wolfe Tone Street, as well as speed restrictions and enforcement, emergency access, increased road noise, and disruption during construction of the new bridge and road network.

They also want to know whether Wolfe Tone street will be a one-way or two-way road, and what restrictions on HGVs there will be.

“The council have issued worked up projections for the bridge but have not released details of what measures will be put in place outside the houses along the proposed route,” writes Mr Murphy, who has also contacted local county councillors, the Minister for Transport, and the Minister for the Environment.

“This needs to be addressed openly rather than pushing it through with no consultation.”