Ballycotton seeks council help to alleviate gridlock

A scenic fishing village which has reinvented itself as a tourist destination is facing chronic traffic problems.

Ballycotton seeks council help to alleviate gridlock

By Christy Parker

A scenic fishing village which has reinvented itself as a tourist destination is facing chronic traffic problems.

Ballycotton has only one access-exit route and a single, half-mile street hemmed between hill and harbour.

A local traffic committee is appealing to Cork County Council to help resolve the traffic deadlock.

Among more worrying considerations is the difficulty of emergency service access in a village with a large number of elderly residents.

Committee spokesman Stephen Belton warned that the high volume of visitors, especially at weekends and in peak summer, posed a serious risk of “a severe or fatal accident”. Locals are seeking “passing bays” and a stop/go system to alleviate gridlock and congestion.

Road surfaces were deemed to need upgrading, amidst worn lines and poorly laid out car parks.

Mr Belton told the East Cork Municipal District Committee that “infrastructural development and employment are linked”. Pleading for help, he said residents understood all their requirements could not be met immediately. Locals, he said, are “trying hard to resolve the problems” but need the expertise of the council.

Cllr Michael Hegarty suggested locals’ proposals be forwarded to the roads, design, and traffic engineer.

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