Ardfinnan Bridge: Strong opposition to County Council decision

Anger as one way system and traffic lights to remain

Eamon Lacey

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Eamon Lacey

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Ardfinnan Bridge

Ardfinnan bridge under works

The decision of Tipperary County Council to proceed with a plan to make a one way traffic and lights system on Ardfinnan Bridge permanent has met with strong opposition.

When Tipperary County Council lodges a planning application to An Bord Pleanala concerning the bridge, objections are expected from community leaders and public representatives,

Those behind the campaign to have the one way system and traffic light system reversed vowed to continue in their battle to restore two way traffic to the bridge and do away with the traffic lights.

Afte rmonths of wrangling between the county council and those opposed to the one way system and lights, public representatives were informed on Monday of the council decision.

It came after public representatives had met with Transport Minister Shane Ross in Dublin and after rows between Minister Ross and Tipperary County Council in recent months over the failure by the council to spend the €800,000 allocated to repair the bridge.

Tipperary County Council turned down requests for members of Ardfinnan Community Council and members of the Press to attend Monday's meeting.

Deputy Mattie McGrath said the campaign to remove the lights would continue despite the decision.

He expected business representatives, the school, community council representatives and elected public representatives to make submissions to AnBoard Pleanala to object to the council plan.

“This could go all the way to the High Court. People feel very strong about it and are not going to give up on it now.” he said.

Deputy McGrath said Tippeary County Council was conducting their business behind closed doors.

“Everything now has to be decided at a workshop. The press are locked out, it is undemocratic. It's the council way or the highway” said Deputy McGrath.

He said the community had not been properly consulted on the matter.

“Ardfinnan is a long way from Nenagh where the council bosses operate from. The community will not lie down on this” he said.

Deputy McGrath said he was very concerned about the dangers to children attending Ardfinnan primary school which was re-opening after th e summer on Thursday.

“The traffic lights installed by the council outside the school pose a real danger and create a serious hazard. It is mayhem outside the school and parents and teachers are very concerned and rightly so.”