Cork City Council said it will give consideration to more than 400 submissions handed into City Hall on Wednesday calling for the Wilton Corridor Project to be completely rethought.
Hundreds of locals have been up in arms over plans to overhaul the Wilton Rd. Many submitted documents opposing the plans. City Hall said “consideration will be given to all submissions and observations received as part of the Part 8 planning process”.
The Wilton Community Action Group claims the proposed project will have an even greater negative impact on the quality of residents’ lives and their privacy.
The Wilton Corridor Project aims to provide six lanes on the busy route — including a bus lane and bike lane city-bound and outbound, and a single traffic lane each way for regular vehicular traffic.
The first phase, which will focus on the stretch between the Wilton roundabout and Dennehy’s Cross, will require the use of a portion of several front gardens along the western side of the road.
The plans include the shifting of traffic flow through the Dennehy’s Cross junction slightly westwards and installation of traffic lights at the junction of Wilton Gardens.
One Wilton Rd resident, who is to lose almost 7m in depth from the front of her garden, said she was outraged and stunned at the plans.
She told The Echo that the plans would have a negative impact on her privacy and parking facilities.
Residents have erected posters in the area calling for the project to be shelved.
John Bowman, public relations officer for the action group, labelled the plans lunacy. He said: “Residents are absolutely against the plans and we are calling for it to be completely shot down in our submissions.”
Mr Bowman said the plans would create “rat runs” through residential areas.
A spokesperson for Cork City Council said meetings have taken place with local residents and councillors.