THE use of a housing estate in the Deanrock area of Togher for testing the skills of people doing their driving test is causing havoc for residents, according to city councillors from the area.
The councillors are calling for the Road Safety Authority driving test centre on Sarsfields Road to cease using Ilen Court, Deanrock Estate, as a reversing area for learner drivers, and Councillor Henry Cremin said the appeal was coming directly ‘from the heart of the residents’.
“That particular cul de sac has been used continuously, for donkey’s year now, by the RSA for testing drivers,” he said. “Realistically it can’t happen anymore.”
The councillors said the area is being used by testers repeatedly every day of the week and, as a result, driving instructors also use it to prepare their students.
“The area is over congested with traffic and residents living close by fear for their children’s safety.
“Drivers who are exiting Ilen Court have to do so dangerously as they have to pass a learner driver who is reversing or parked at this cul de sac,” Mr Cremin said.
Construction in the area has exacerbated the traffic and Mr Cremin said the situation will become more dangerous when the housing is complete and new residents move in. “We are raising it now because in another year or two, we will have sixty-five new units opened,” he added.