The by-law that would see a weight restriction imposed for Sean O’Carroll Street – a bylaw that has been passed at municipal and county council level for 10 months – is on hold, according to officials from Louth County Council.
Seeking an update on the issue, Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue and the assembled councillors for the May monthly meeting on Thursday were told that the enforcement of the by-law was “on hold”, leaving residents who have called for such a ban on large vehicles on the stretch of road with more waiting to do.
Louth County Council’s senior executive engineer Sean O’Reilly told the councillors at Mattock Rangers’ clubhouse in Collon that the by-law cannot be enforced until problems are ironed out – issues that include the ability for large vehicles gaining access to the Ashwalk.
“It’s on hold until we have an alternative route for the HGVs coming into Ashwalk,” he said. “That’s what the problem is. Turning left and right off the main street into Ashwalk has proven difficult over the last couple of years, hence coming striaght up Sean O’Carroll Street.”
At the previous months meeting, O’Reilly confirmed that the Infrastructure section of Louth County Council had not received word that weight restriction signage had to be erected on the street whilst he also warned councillors that when the by-law is imposed it would bring with it fresh problems.
The issue is large delivery vehicles and HGVS having to turn from the main street into the Ashwalk to deliver to Lanney’s SuperValu and other premises. At the moment, larger commercial vehicles use Sean O’Carroll Street to come in from the Link Road and they can drive straight onto the Ashwalk.