RESIDENTS living in the densely populated Woodlawn area of Killarney are becoming prisoners in their own homes because of traffic chaos in the vicinity, it has been claimed.
Cllr Donal Grady will ask at a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council this week that a letter be sent to the Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochana in Kerry asking that when traffic lights at Woodlawn Cross and the top of Ross Road are switched to flashing – as is regularly the case – a garda presence be allocated to the area to direct traffic.
“The people are prisoners in their own homes,” Cllr Grady said
Motion: That this Council would request that the traffic lights at Woodlawn Cross and at the top of Ross Road would not be switched to flashing unless there is a Garda presence under Health and Safety.
Reply: For some festivals and events, the Gardaí request that the lights at Woodlawn Road and Ross Road are switched to flashing amber in order to ease the traffic flow on the main route. For future requests from the Gardaí, the Council will request that the there is a Garda presence at these locations when the lights are on flashing amber.
Motion: That we Killarney Municipal District Council should write to the Chief Superintendent requesting when the “lights are on flashing” at Woodlawn Cross and the top of Ross Road, there would be a Garda presence to direct traffic as the people of Woodlawn Cross and Ross Road are prisoners in their own homes.
Reply: At the agreement of the members the Municipal District will issue a letter to An Garda Síochána.