Residents of Sligo estate begin second week of road protests
Residents of Rathedmond estate in Sligo have begun their second
week of street protests in order to prevent through traffic from
using their estate as a short cut. Their campaign was intensified
on Monday night when they staged a protest outside City Hall in
Sligo, where Sligo Corporation's monthly meeting took place.
Local Councillor, Sinn Fein's Arthur Gibbons, who took part in
all last weeks protests, said that ``Sligo Corporation must
initiate immediately the process of creating a cul-de-sac in
Rathedmond. As far back as April, Sligo Corporation adopted a
motion, proposed by myself, calling for such a cul-de-sac to be
put in place and it is inexcusable that officials have failed to
act upon this motion as of yet.''
``The continued use of this estate by Heavy Goods Vehicles
travelling to and from nearby Finisklin Industrial estate and by
motorists taking a short cut is putting the lives and safety of
children in the estate at great risk, as well as damaging roads
and footpaths in the area also,'' he concluded.
For years, residents of this estate have been calling for an end
to their estate being used as a short cut for traffic. At peak
times the volume of traffic in the estate is heavier than that on
O'Connell Street in Sligo. Beginning on Monday, 25 September,
local residents have staged daily protests at peak times on the
entrance roads into the estate, where they have parked their cars
on both sides of the road in order to slow down and make it as
difficult as possible for traffic to get through. Gardai were
called to the scene on a number of occasions last week following
exchanges between residents and motorists.