Council opposes ‘rat-run’ through pensioners’ housing estate

A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to build a two-way road through the centre of a senior citizens housing estate in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, has run into major opposition.

The proposed link road was designed to connect a multi-million euro shopping centre, opening next week at Shandon, to the lower end of Wolfe Tone Road.

However the road would slice through houses number 11 and 12 in St Brigid’s Well, an estate designated for senior citizens. Local councillors have described the link road as a potential ‘rat-run’.

Now a proposal to put the plan on public display has been rejected unanimously by councillors.

Town manager Denis McCarthy is urging council members to agree to put the Town Plan on display. “That will not mean that the councillors are in agreement with everything that is contained in the plan,” he said.

However no council member agreed to propose the idea.

“Why should we agree to the plan going on public display when we are in disagreement with such a fundamental part of it?” said Cllr Billy Kyne.

In the face of this opposition, council planners must now come up with an alternative.

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