Quiet Bishopstown estates have been turned into 'rat runs'

Quiet Bishopstown estates have been turned into 'rat runs'
Former Lord Mayor John Buttimer said estates in Wilton and Bishopstown have been turned into rat runs. Pic; Larry Cummins

A local councillor has accused planners in Cork city of failing in their duty of care to people living in Wilton and Bishopstown. 

Former Lord Mayor, John Buttimer has called for a new Area Action Plan for the southside suburbs and said there was a clear need for it.

“There is a deficit in integrated functioning in the Council, across directorates, and the need for it is because planning has failed in its duty of care and responsibility,” Mr Buttimer said. 

“They have turned a residential road into a thoroughfare. We have granted permission to High Street, to Aldi, to Costa but they [customers] can’t turn right.” 

As a result, he said motorists are using quiet housing estates as rat runs to get out of the area, with serious impacts on those residential areas.

“Failure to have a Bishopstown/Wilton Development Plan that is real and actionable has allowed it to happen.” 

In the response to Mr Buttimer’s question regarding the action plan, Director Of Services Pat Ledwidge said all the objectives in the original action plan for the area, prepared in 2007, ‘have been achieved or are in the process of being achieved’.

But Councillor Henry Cremin and Mr Buttimer both pointed out that there have been calls for an in improved pedestrian crossing at CUH since 2006 and it was still yet to happen.

“The real issues that affect the people in the area have largely been ignored,” Mr Buttimer said. “I am really disappointed at the indifference to Bishopstown and Wilton.

In his response Mr Ledwidge said issues facing the area change in the coming years.

“Over the next three decades, areas such as Bishopstown Wilton will most likely evolve from outer suburban residential areas to inner suburban,” he said. “This will involve increased densities and a greater reliance on non-car modes for mobility.” He said these issues would be addressed in the new Cork City Development Plan, whose preparation is due to begin in 2019.

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