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Council engineers do not want lower speed limits in Breaffy - McDonnell


Engineers do not want lower speed limits in Breaffy - McDonnell

Edwin McGreal

A Mayo county councillor has claimed that senior engineers in Mayo County Council do not want to introduce lower speed limits in Breaffy village as it may open the door to ‘undesirable developments’.
Cllr Al McDonnell (FF) made the claim during a discussion on speed limits at last Thursday’s meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo County Council.
Cllr McDonnell said he was at a meeting with the National Roads Authority, the agency who have in their power the ability to impose lower speed limits, and was ‘shocked’ to find ‘negative’ recommendations from Mayo County Council engineers.
“Senior engineers in Mayo County Council did not want speed limits lowered in Breaffy and part of the reason was to do with planning – that if 40km/h speed limits were introduced it would open the door for what locals describe as ‘undesirable development’,” he said.
He went on to say that ‘if any national road deserves a speed limit, it’s Breaffy’, making reference to 460 children attending the local national school and customers and staff exiting Breaffy House Hotel onto the N60 Castlebar to Claremorris road.
The meeting earlier heard from Mayo County Council Engineer Ann Sweeney that there were no updates from the NRA about requests for speed limits in Bohola and Straide villages. Cllr Michael Kilcoyne (Ind) said there had been a death on the road in Bohola since the councillors demanded lower speed limits.
Director of Services Paddy Mahon said the NRA had been made aware of it while Cllr Therese Ruane (SF) said the planned area for lower speed limits in Straide was ‘too short’ as it did not encompass the area of the village where there is a pub and the turn off for the local national school.