Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North Frank O’Rourke says legislative change is needed to deal with outstanding problems with vehicle parking in Kildare.
Deputy O’Rourke made the comments after putting forward an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill 2016 which is currently being debated by the Dáil. If accepted, the amendment will enable Local Authorities to make small alterations to parking bye-laws to deal with problems as they arise.
“Currently Kildare County Council has to go through a full public consultation process when making changes to parking bye-laws. This is needed for ensuring there is proper oversight associated with large scale changes to bye-laws, but it is unnecessarily restrictive when dealing with small issues,” explained Deputy O’Rourke.
“For example the council has to undertake such a public consultation, which includes seeking advice from the Garda Commissioner, when simply wanting to add an additional disability parking place. This is an unnecessarily complicated process and actually discourages Local Authorities from making practical changes to parking arrangements in towns and villages.
“The Road Traffic Bill is currently being debated in the Dáil and I have put forward proposals to deal with this problem. If accepted, my amendment will enable Local Authorities to make minor alternations to parking spaces, loading bays and the positioning of parking payment machines. This will allow for parking related problems to be dealt with as they arise and will also help cut down on excessive costs.
“This is a common sense proposal and I am hopeful that it will receive cross party support. There are a myriad of parking related problems in Kildare and it is important that the Local Authority is equipped to deal with these issues,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.
1. That the Lighting dept. of Kildare County Council carry out a survey on the Ardclough Road to identify the exact area that requires further street lighting between Simmonstown and Temple Manor Estates and for this work to be then included in their work programme.
Answer: The Council will carry out this survey as requested and report back once it is completed. I am committed to having these additional street lights installed.
2. That Kildare County Council develop their own policy on traffic calming like other Local Authorities have done in an effort to have traffic calming accessed and then implemented in areas where required in the Celbridge\Leixlip M.D so that safety can be improved for all road users.
Answer: The Council will allocate resources to developing their own traffic calming policy in order to have the different areas in Celbridge and Leixlip as identified accessed and then to have the appropriate measured implemented.
1. Can the Council, at the request of the Residents include Horse-Shoe, Green Lane in Leixlip into their road re-surfacing programme and review the one way system that is currently in operation.
Answer: The Council will inspect this surfacing and then include any required works into their 2016 surfacing programme.
2. Can the Council have the Signs at the following locations faced the correct way and straightened etc (1) Hazelhatch Road, between the Tennis Club and Wolstan Abbey. (2) Maynooth Road (traffic lights sign at Salesians, cycle lane sign opposite Aldi and Crodaun, speed ramp signs at Beatty Grove).
Answer: This work will be included in their work programme and carried out as quickly as possible.