Residents oppose Carrick-on-Suir park parking project
Tipperary County Council officials said they would meet with residents of a Carrick-on-Suir subdivision to try and address concerns about plans to develop a parking lot for Blueway visitors to a park by the river in front of their houses.
Council wishes to meet with representatives of the residents of Sean Treacy Park after receiving 284 submissions from them and a petition of 540 signatures opposing the 38-space parking lot reserved for a section of Sean Healy Park bordering the N24 road.
Residents of Treacy Park plan to hold a protest at Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall to bolster the strength of their opposition. The date of the event has not yet been set.
The car park is part of the facilities offered as part of the Carrick-on-Suir regeneration program.
The Treacy Park Residents Association is asking council not to locate him in Sean Healy Park due to the health and safety risk they fear it poses and because they believe it will harm the appearance and coziness of the park and will attract people to anti-social behavior.
The planning request for Part 8 of Carrick-on-Suir’s ambitious regeneration program is currently under consideration by council and is expected to go to the next Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District meeting for decision on October 28.
The flood of objections from residents to the car park was filed as part of the public consultation of the town planning request,
The board received a total of 380 submissions both positive and negative towards the regeneration program by the September 17th deadline.
Mary O’Shea of the Treacy Park Residents’ Association said she had not received any contact from council about a meeting but was ready to meet with council officials.
She stressed that residents of her estate are not against the regeneration program as they know Carrick-on-Suir is a black spot in unemployment and they do not wish to hamper the progress of the Blueway.
But she said they passionately thought Sean Healy Park was the wrong place for the parking lot.
In its submission to council, the residents’ association stressed that its main concern was the danger that the additional volume of traffic to and from the parking lot would pose to children and elderly residents of the estate as they attempt to cross. the N24 already very busy to access Sean. Healy Park and the river bank for playing, swimming, biking, walking with friends and picnicking.
They expressed concern that the proposed exit for the parking lot was on the already congested platform area.
The bid argued that the parking lot would detract from the appearance of Sean Healy Park and be an “eyesore” that “totally ruin” the entrance to town.
The submission also highlighted residents’ fears that the hard surface of the parking lot would negatively impact Sean Healy Park’s function as a flood plain in the event of flooding.
“Residents of Treacy Park cannot already obtain flood coverage on our home insurance and are considered to be in a red alert / high risk zone. Sean Healy Park is everything that keeps the river from flooding our homes right now. ”
Alternative parking locations are suggested in the quote. Residents have offered council to buy vacant lots adjacent to Sean Healy Park or develop parking at Castle Field next to Ormond Castle.
Mary also suggested the location of the old gas station next to the Suirside Veterinary Clinic as another possibility.
She pointed out that residents of Treacy Park are also concerned that the parking lot will attract anti-social behavior at night, for example by becoming a meeting point for running boys.
“I’m afraid if this parking lot is open you will have all kinds of people doing no good.”
Mary, whose home faces Sean Healy Park, said the residents of Treacy Park were so committed to the plans for the parking lot because they had worked so hard to help it turn a vacant lot into a beautiful landscaping. it is today.
Council seeks to address residents’ concerns
Submissions received by Tipperary County Council regarding the proposed parking lot for Sean Healy Park were sent to the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Program Design Consultants, who were tasked with addressing concerns raised by residents. .
Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Services Director Brian Beck said the council hopes to meet with representatives from the Treacy Park Residents’ Association this week or early next week to discuss their objections to the car park.
He hopes to present them with a “montage” of the proposed changes to respond to the difficulties they encounter with the parking proposal.
Beck said council was eager to listen to residents’ concerns and gain their support for the plans. The local authority did not want to impose a development on them, he added.
“We will be working with residents to see what we can do to address their concerns.
“Likewise, I have had a lot of contact with people asking us to improve this location as a starting point for the Blueway. “
Beck said parking was necessary to prevent Blueway visitors from randomly parking along the N24 around Sean Healy Park and the Treacy Park estate.
He pointed out that the consultants had looked at a few options when deciding where to locate parking for visitors to Blueway.
“We were very conscious of having a space that people would use. People will not park far from the Blueway.
“They want to be parked next door,” he said.
He pointed out that the idea behind the parking lot was to increase the number of visitors to the Blueway in Carrick-on-Suir, including the number of people using the river for kayaking.
This is why it is provided for in the parking plan for vehicles with boat trailers.
The board wanted Carrick-on-Suir to be the “launching point” rather than just a stop for Blueway.
If this could be achieved, it was more likely that visitors would stay and spend money in Carrick-on-Suir.
Regarding alternative sites offered by residents, he said some of them are privately owned and may not be available or available at a price the council cannot afford.
He noted that landowners may also have their own ideas of what should be developed on the sites.
He also said the council did not have time for him to purchase land for a parking lot, which takes a year to negotiate and finalize.
He had a deadline at the end of this year to apply for Rural Regeneration Development Program funding to implement Carrick’s regeneration program.
Mr Beck explained that the council had chosen the area of Sean Healy Park between the monuments and the N24 for parking because he believed it would have a minimum impact on the park’s amenities.
He stressed that the creation of the parking lot will not require the relocation of the stone monuments.
Two trees in this area of the park will be removed, but the rest will remain.
Mr Beck said the parking lot surface would not be a conventional gray tarmac.
It will be made from Grasscrete, a type of solid surface that allows grass to grow through.
“It’s strong enough to take cars, but it maintains the view of pleasure. “
Health and security
Mr Beck said the board has engaged with Transport Infrastructure Ireland on health and safety issues and that the parking design proposed in the regeneration plan was the safest design from a TII perspective.
He pointed out that the installation of pedestrian crossings in the area around Sean Healy Park was part of the plans to modernize the N24, which were approved.
Mr Beck said the board took into account the fact that Sean Healy Park was in a floodplain when choosing the site for the parking lot.
Regarding anti-social behavior, he said the council takes this issue very seriously.
He asked the design offices to review the parking plan to see what measures could be put in place to prevent the site from attracting this problem.
The installation of a barrier at the level of the car park to prevent people from accessing it at night is one measure under consideration.
Mr Beck said he also asked the consultants to come up with design features to mitigate the visual impact of the parking lot on residents.
One proposal is to plant hedges to block the appearance of the parking lot to residents of Treacy Park while still allowing them to enjoy park amenities such as trees and the river bank..