Cork councilors call for traffic calming measures in all new housing estates to be mandatory

A plan for all future Cork housing estates including traffic calming measures received unanimous support at this week’s meeting of Cork County Council.

Councilor Sean O’Donovan called on the council’s planning department to consider traffic calming measures in all future planning applications for new developments, “and I further ask them to consider connectivity in the town or village by means of paths and public lighting”.

Mr O’Donovan said estates built in his area in the last ten years “had huge security issues” and many had no footpaths connecting them to the city.

“Excessive speed in housing estates is also a huge problem, and traffic calming should be installed as part of the building process. I don’t think it’s fair that Cork County Council should step in next and installing ramps, when the area has already been developed.

Mr O’Donovan said there had been no improvement in speed despite the installation of slow traffic signs. A new 30km/h speed limit is “unlikely to be enforced”.

Councilors from all political walks of life enthusiastically supported the motion.

Director of Services with Planning, Michael Lynch, said in a response that County Cork’s Development Plan 2022 contains “a series of objectives to promote sustainable transport, including active travel”.

“A key part of promoting sustainable transportation is improving connectivity for pedestrians in our locations and creating safe and enjoyable environments to walk around our locations.”

Application of the National Design Guidelines “is mandatory and must be implemented in the preparation of all statutory and non-statutory plans and throughout the development management process,” Lynch added.

The guidelines include “highly connected streets that allow people to walk and cycle to key destinations in a direct and easy-to-find way. A safe and comfortable street environment for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages.

Streets that help create attractive and vibrant communities, and streets that calm traffic through a range of design measures that make drivers more aware of their surroundings.

Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey said all areas are currently rated “very heavily”.

Speed ​​ramps aren’t always the solution, and speeding is “the driver’s responsibility”.

Speeding in a housing estate is “inexcusable”, he said.