Independent councillor for Dundalk Maeve Yore has accused Louth County Council’s planning department of failing to follow up on stated planning conditions, saying that traffic calming measures supposed to be be installed in the Medebawn estate in Dundalk never were.
Councillor Yore tabled a motion at Tuesday’s Dundalk Municipal District meeting calling on the local authority to install traffic calming measures in the estate on the 140-home site on the Avenue Road.
In response, Director of Services for Operations Catherine Duff said that the location would be added to the Traffic Count/Speed Test Analysis list to determine whether or not traffic calming measures were required for the estate. There are currently 18 such locations on the list to have traffic counts completed.
“Part of the planning conditions were that traffic calming be included,” she told the meeting. “Why wasn’t this done? Why wasn’t it followed up by Louth County Council. How many other developments weren’t chased for traffic calming measures?
“It’s costing Louth County Council unnecessary funds to do these. We should have someone checking on planning conditions on these developments. I want to know why it wasn’t done at Medebawn.”
The original planning application for Medebawn, lodged by McParland Brothers, was granted conditional planning permission in 2005, with a number of conditions including that ‘prior to the commencement of the development hereby permitted the developer/applicant shall submit construction plans and details of a suitable traffic calming within the Internal estate road proposed for the written agreement of the Planning Authority.’