Residents to protest for traffic calming measures in Knocknaheeny 

Residents to protest for traffic calming measures in Knocknaheeny 

Residents protesting at Harbour View Road, last month where they are looking for traffic calming measures to be implemented in their area. Included were, Don O’Sullivan and secretary Barbara Szecsenyi, and Valerie Haynes whse niece Kimberly O’Connor was killed on the road earlier this year.

KNOCKNAHEENY residents will gather on Kilmore Road tomorrow to demand traffic calming measures for the area.

The protest follows a similar one on Harbour View Road in recent weeks and will be followed shortly with one on Courtown Drive. Tomorrow’s protest will be at 4.30pm.

It comes in the wake of yet another traffic incident in the area which occurred earlier this week. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a six-year-old boy was knocked down on Harbour View Road on Tuesday evening.

The boy was taken to hospital, but Gardaí say his injuries are not believed to be serious. The driver of the car, a male in his 30s, was not injured.

Witnesses are asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on (021) 4946200.

Earlier this year 16-year-old Kimberly O’Connor was killed when a car she was travelling in collided with a wall near her home just before midnight on February 19. Another teenager in the car, a boy, was seriously injured.

It also comes after a crash in which a pizza delivery driver received minor injuries in a collision with a stolen car on the same area of the road on Wednesday, May 27. Four youths who were in the stolen car fled from the scene. The car had been stolen in the days before the crash from the Farranree area.

Spokesman for the Impact Our Community Matters group, Don O’Sullivan, said however, that traffic calming measures are required throughout Knocknaheeny.

And he said: “Kilmore Road has become a raceway for traffic.”

Residents of Knocknaheeny are seeking a meeting with City Hall officials to press for traffic calming measures.

Sinn Fein’s Cllr Mick Nugent has written in recent weeks to the council asking for a report from the Chief Executive, Ann Doherty, on what can be done in relation to traffic calming measures on Harbour View Road.

City Councillor Tony Fitzgerald has also moved to assure residents in Knocknaheeny that local ward members will work with Cork City Council to establish traffic management solutions in the area.

The Fianna Fáil Councillor said local ward members have made a request to meet council in relation to traffic management, particularly on Harbour View Road and Kilmore Road.

“We are awaiting the discussions once Covid restrictions are lifted in terms of bringing delegations into City Hall but in the meantime, I’ve asked the City Council to have a site investigation on the design of the roundabout at the junction of Courtdown Drive and Harbour View Road and traffic calming measures on the road given the significant amount of incidents that have happened in recent times,” Mr Fitzgerald told The Echo.

Mr Fitzgerald yesterday said he hoped the boy involved in the incident on Tuesday was recovering well.

He said that Harbour View Road is a very busy thoroughfare and traffic management needs to be looked at.

“It’s a main corridor linking the western part of the city to the city centre and the various industrial estates in the area so we do need to revisit the area and revisit the traffic management there,” he said.

“The whole physical environment has changed over the last number of years as each part of the regeneration has been developed.

“The road was much wider and traffic indications show that if you narrow the road, it should be more manageable but I think from Bakers Road to Blarney Road the road does expand as you travel the route so obviously we need to put up more signs to alert motorists that you are entering a residential area even though it is a main thoroughfare for services in the community,” Mr Fitzgerald continued.

“The residents are rightly concerned but the local ward members will work with council and the residents to try and bring forward solutions to the problem.”

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