‘Living Hell’ for Kennyswell Road residents

Mary Cody

Reporter:

Mary Cody

Residents whose lives are adversely affected by an average of 808 heavy vehicles passing their front door every day say they may be forced to take drastic action to save their homes.

Residents whose lives are adversely affected by an average of 808 heavy vehicles passing their front door every day say they may be forced to take drastic action to save their homes.

According to a council traffic report unveiled at a meeting of the borough council on Monday 4,000 vehicles pass along the Kennyswell Road every day.

Over 20% of these vehicles are heavy goods vehicles which residents claim are destroying their quality of life.

“The situation causes severe levels of stress and worry for residents, it borders on a living hell at times. If the situation gets worse as seems certain residents will be forced to take drastic actions to save their homes,” said Conor Foley who lives on Rothe Terrace.

“You have to cling to the side of the road when you are walking. Sometimes there are convoys of four or five of them in a row coming down the road at great speed,” added local resident, Eileen Conroy.

Eamon Conway said that his quality of life is greatly affected by the passing trucks which keep him awake and prevent him from opening windows in his home.

“I can’t leave a window open with the noise,” he said.

The retired ambulance driver also said that it was ‘treacherous’ reversing in and out of his home.

His neighbour Catherine Begley agreed and added that she recently changed her doors and windows ‘in an attempt to minimise the noise’.