ANYBODY that’s not happy with the controversial traffic junction at the top of High Street should blame the members of the now defunct Killarney Town Council and not the Municipal District Council that replaced them, it has been stressed.
Cllr Brendan Cronin said the current local authority inherited the situation and the much-maligned junction was designed, approved, paid for and built by the old town council which went out of existence in 2014.
He was commenting after Cllr Donal Grady was critical of traffic issues at the junction linking New Road and High Street/Rock Road which he described as “a massive problem”.
Cllr Grady proposed that the council introduce roundabouts at the top of High Street and New Road to allow better access for the public.
But Cllr Cronin pointed out that Cllr Grady was a member of the former town council that designed and voted in favour of building the new junction.
“You had hand, act and part in it being put up there. It’s ironic now that you are being critical of it,” Cllr Cronin remarked.
Cllr Grady and Cllr Michael Gleeson – who both serve on the current municipal district council – were members of the town council that was abolished as part of a plan to modernise local government.
In response to Cllr Grady’s call for more roundabouts, Kerry County council said policy documents state that large roundabouts are generally not appropriate in urban areas as they require a greater land take and are difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.
Best practice guidelines recommend that, if possible, roundabouts should be replaced with signalised junctions.
“Kerry County Council considers that, in line with current national policy, the provision of a roundabout at this location is not appropriate,” a spokesperson said.
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