Locals living in Killard were out early this morning to raise awareness about speeding in the area.
The road runs from Clogheen and Blarney, and is one of the main connectors between Blarney and Cork city’s northside.
Speeding was the main focus of the action, while inadequate public lighting, and the need for footpath renewal are some of the other issues the residents were highlighting.
The Lord Mayor of Cork City Councillor John Sheehan, along with Councillors Tony Fitzgerald and Damien Boylan joined the residents for this morning’s demonstration.
Secretary of the Killard Residents Association Colette Thomas told The Echo that residents fear going out their gates for a walk or a cycle, especially with their children, with the speed that cars and trucks are doing on what is supposed to be a 60km/h road.
She said the closure of car parks for some local amenity walks during Covid-19 really highlighted the issues again for residents, because if they wish to do the Blarney Walk, they would have to walk or cycle down the road to get there.
“Literally, we’re glued to the wall because they’re going so fast. In some sections the pathway is broken or it’s too narrow,” Ms Thomas said.
She added that there have been a number of incidents outside her house in recent years, and said she worries for the safety of her children.
Councillor Tony Fitzgerald said: “This morning residents held an awareness campaign alerting traffic to slow down going through the area. They’re very concerned. There have been a number of incidents there over the years.
“Their concerns are justified and these measures should have been put in years ago,” he added.
However, due to boundary changes between Cork City and County Councils last year, the works residents are seeking must now be added to those in the North West ward of the City Council.
Ms Thomas said some headway had been made with the County Council, but after the boundary change they had to start again, and thanked the councillors and Lord Mayor for coming to support their cause.
“Primarily we’re looking for traffic calming measures, some improved road signs.
“The speed limit is 60 but people think it’s 100. It’s such a straight stretch,” Ms Thomas said.
The residents will hold another demonstration on Wednesday evening at 6pm.