Cllr Joe Reidy is questioning the wisdom (or lack thereof) of the council putting a series of pavement islands on the city’s College Road among the parking spaces – not only because it reduces the number of parking spaces, but also because their low visibility is a hazard to drivers, he says.
The 10 or so sections of pavement abut on the road’s edge on the St Kieran’s College side of the road at intervals coinciding with the ESB poles.
With each one the size of roughly two car parking spaces, this means there are about 20 fewer parking spaces on the road, which is putting pressure on the nearby Ashleigh Court, College Square and Ashurst residential areas as motorists park there instead, said Cllr Joe Reidy (FF).
Cllr Reidy said he understood that the pavements were put in place as part of plans to add cycle lanes to the wide footpaths, an idea he welcomed, but called the implementation “an engineering disaster”.
Describing them as “like a growth on the side of the footpath”, Cllr Reidy said the problem is that, with both these pavements and the road being black, the additions are hardly visible to motorists.
“It’s not too bad from a danger point of view when cars are parked, because you would naturally stay out past the cars, but at nighttime the lighting over them is very poor,” he said. “It’s a dark road because of the trees, which we don’t want to change, but the fact of the matter is that on a dark, rainy winter’s day they (the extra pavements) are dangerous.”
“The question is: why are they there?” he said.
Cllr Betty Manning (FG) agreed, arguing that the money would be better spent on fixing the footpaths on Ormonde Road that are in disrepair. “It would be better to have found a way to spend the Smarter Travel funding on the footpaths on the Ormonde Road, which is a few hundred yards away from the College Road. Both of the footpaths are broken up and now that the bus stops there, interventions to the footpaths and road would have been far more beneficial to all,” she said.