Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness called on the Council’s Roads Department to put traffic management plans in place for popular amenities and visitor attractions across Co. Waterford ahead of the sumer tourist season. He made the call at the May plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council.
“Last year we saw traffic chaos in towns and villages across Waterford due to increased visitor numbers. There was also a problem with parked cars impeding access and leading to dangerous situations for pedestrians and other motorists.
“I raised this issue previously and I welcome the fact the the Roads Department is now engaging with Gardaí n relation to parking regulations enforcement this summer in coastal locations such as Ardmore, Bonmahon and Clonea.
“We need to see this engagement broadened to include inland areas that are likely to see traffic problems and parking chaos again this year, such as Crough Woods, Colligan Woods and Mahon Falls.
“I’m calling on the Council to ensure that dedicated traffic management plans are put in place for these areas for the summer season, and that these plans should be developed in consultation with the local communities affected.”
Roads Director Fergus Gavin agreed and undertook to continue the engagement with An Garda Síochána. He said the Roads Department would communicate with the communities affected.