Residents submit hundreds of documents to oppose widening Wilton Road

Residents submit hundreds of documents to oppose widening Wilton Road
File photo of Dennehy's Cross

Residents living along one of Cork city's busiest roads have submitted hundreds of documents to Cork City Council to oppose current plans to revamp the route.

Representatives of residents in the Wilton area say that approximately 500 documents were compiled by the hundreds of people living in the area in relation to the public consultation on the Wilton Corridor Project. Public consultation closed today, with residents working until just before the 5pm deadline to submit as many observations as possible.

The current plans propose the widening of the Wilton Road to six lanes, including inbound and outbound bus and cycle lanes, to deliver transport infrastructure to meet current and future travel needs, according to Cork City Council.

The first phase of works covers Dennehy's Cross to Wilton Gardens and will require the compulsory purchase of land from 20 homeowners in the area, too.

John Bowman, a representative of the Wilton Community Action Group, described the current plans as "lunacy".

He said that residents have not been provided with a cost-benefit analysis and said that without it, it is impossible to know if the proposed €4 million budget represents value money.

Residents have also raised concerns about the impact on their community, including noise and air pollution.

He said:

The residents feel that we have been ignored completely.

"The project has been carried out under the part 8 process and we just feel that there has been no consultation and that the plan has no relationship to other work carried out in the area."

A spokesperson for Cork City Council said that meetings have taken place with local residents and councillors.

"This consultation process is ongoing and representatives from Cork City Council are available to meet with affected parties upon request. Consideration will be given to all submissions and observations received as part of the Part 8 planning process," they said.

"A detailed appraisal of the proposed project at Dennehy’s Cross/Wilton Gardens Junction has been undertaken in line with the Common Appraisal Framework for Transport Projects and Programmes as set out by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. This is not a public document. Its primary purpose is to aid design team decision making (engineering) and identify the merits of the project to assist the funding agencies.

"Dedicated sustainable transport infrastructure of the type proposed is vital to Cork city’s future growth as outlined in the NTA’s draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (CMATS) published earlier this week."

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