25 November 2014

Fitzgerald urges local residents to have their say in speeding consultation

-    Council to commence public consultation regarding speed limits in residential areas and housing estates

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice & Equality, has urged local residents to “make their voices heard in the forthcoming public consultation on speeding in estates to be published by South Dublin County Council”.

She said:

“The Government recently issued a circular requiring Local Authorities to examine speed limits in residential areas and housing estates to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians, especially children.

“The circular sets out the results of a recent survey carried out by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the aim of which was to determine the use of traffic calming measures, such as speed ramps, and reduced speed limits of 30km/h in residential areas. It also reiterates existing policy in the area and requires Local Authorities to undertake a review of the current situation to determine whether or not appropriate speed limits are in place.

“I echo the sentiments of my colleague, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe, that the increased use of a 30km/h speed limit in residential areas will help mitigate against the dangers posed to cyclists and pedestrians, especially children at play. 

“Now the initiative is being undertaken in our area, and I welcome the Council acting in a timely and efficient manner to roll out this consultation. I encourage residents to utilise their on-the-ground expertise to provide useful insight for the Council’s review.

“I will work closely with residents and the Council to ensure that this timely initiative leads to real improvements in our area. This is a welcome opportunity for local authorities, residents and politicians to take a fresh, comprehensive look at community needs,” Minister Fitzgerald concluded.

Interested parties are invited to make submissions in

writing/email to: Senior Executive Officer, Land Use,

Planning & Transportation, South Dublin County Council,

County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - seoroads@sdublincoco.ie

not later than 4.30 pm on Friday 9th Jan 2015.

Web: www.sdcc.ie