New link road for Edenderry town receives major backlash

Justin Kelly

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New link road for Edenderry town receives major backlash

New link road for Edenderry town receives major backlash

A notice published recently by Offaly County Council regarding their plans for a new link road in Edenderry has been met with a considerable backlash of public opinion.

The notice outlining the council's vision for an inner link road connecting Granary Court in the town centre to the Fairgreen was placed at the site in recent days. 

The plans include almost 200 metres of single-carriageway joining both areas and aims to relieve traffic congestion in the town centre. 

However, the Part 8 notice has received widespread disapproval having been posted by a resident on the Republic of Edenderry community Facebook page. 

In a string of almost a hundred comments, residents, business owners and motorists in the area expressed their disagreement based on traffic, safety and economic concerns. 

One local said, "this is the best the Council can come up with - I can't see this proposal working. I just don't get it and I can't for the life of me see it working, particularly for the businesses on Granary Court or the residents." 

Another added, "this is a remarkably stupid idea, to bring traffic into a housing estate and past a playground onto a side street where it’s only passable one car at a time."

"What's the point in it? The entrance/exit of Granary Court is on top of a pedestrian crossing and a roundabout. The only way to get out and towards the town hall is to take a left and do a u-turn at the canal. It will be yet another bottleneck in the town's traffic management, put the money into a relief road," another resident blasted.

One went further by saying, this is absolutely ludicrous and no advantage relieving traffic in the town. There needs to be a relief road behind Lawton & Foley's down to the Carrick Road."

A businessperson on Granary Court commented, "I think it would be a disaster; it's hard enough to get out of Granary Court as it is and its way too narrow for more traffic to be added to it. It's a nightmare - all we need now are diggers and lorries going up and down."

One user did temper those views by saying the proposal could work, but "only if all roadside parking up Granary Court is completely stopped." 

Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection during normal public opening hours, Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays at the following locations:

• Edenderry Municipal District, Edenderry Town Hall, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
• Edenderry Library, JKL Street, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
• Offaly County Council Offices, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

From Monday 24th September 2018 – Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

Written submission or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situated, may be made in writing before 3:30pm on 6th November to: Senior Engineer, Roads Department, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore,
Co. Offaly. Email address: jryan@offalycoco.ie

Submissions should be headed “Edenderry Link Road – Granary Court to Fairgreen”