Arklow Town Council have considered a moritorium on all future developments on Arklow's North Quay until a solution to the area's traffic problems is found.At their meeting last week, town councillors said North Quay, Mill Road and the Marina had only one acess point via the Bridgewater roundabout and North Quay.
Development freeze considered on quay
Arklow Town Council have considered a moritorium on all future developments on Arklow's North Quay until a solution to the area's traffic problems is found.
At their meeting last week, town councillors said North Quay, Mill Road and the Marina had only one acess point via the Bridgewater roundabout and North Quay.
Several North Quay developments have recently received planning permission including the Aldi store beside the Bridgewater Store, the Foudi development of 118 apartments near the marina, and the Joby development of 50 apartments and eight retail units, also on North Quay. Other North Quay developments are likely to follow.
Town councillor Donal O'Sullivan asked whether the council should freeze granting any more planning permissions in the area for the time being.Until there is some proper infrastructural access to the North Quay should we as a council grant any more planning permissions down there?,' he asked.
We have to have a long, hard look at the accessibility of that site.'
Councillor Pat Fitzgerald said a new access route to the North Quay area would have to be found.
Arklow mayor Sylvester Bourke suggested putting a freeze on future planning applications to see what happens with traffic'.
But Town Clerk Des Nicholls said there would be problems building a new access road to the quayside.
Seaview Avenue or Stringers Lane ar the most suitable points from which to build a new link road to the quays, but the council had made committments to local residents in the past to limit traffic flows there.
Mr Nichols said the Bridgewater roundabout had been designed to cater for shoppers as well as all other existing developments on the North Quay.