New road through Antigen at standstill

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A BOTTLENECK in Roscrea's traffic system is causing headaches for motorists and despite the agreement of landowners to cede a portion of land to create a road that would solve the problem, no representative of the local authority has yet made contact with them.
Last year a plan to create a road through the former Antigen industrial site in Roscrea was suggested as the optimal solution to ease the burden on the overstressed traffic-lights junction, which has become a congestion pinch-point at peak traffic times.
The plans, which would see a new road linking the entrance to the industrial site with the Assumption Park and Killavilla Road, is a proposal welcomed by the new owners of the property, who bought the large former pharmaceutical factory and industrial site last year.
However, despite the merit of the idea being highlighted by the consultancy firm commissioned to create the new Roscrea Traffic Management Plan last year and the thumbs up to proceed from the landowners ˝ nobody from the local authority has approached the site's owners to date.
The issue was raised at the monthly meeting of the Municipal Council for the Roscrea area last week, where Councillor Michael Smith (FF) expressed frustration over the Council failing to work with the new owners.
ýThe new developers have a huge site with huge potential and would like to see the through road created linking Assumption Park ˝ the new owner said he is open to it but nobody has approached him yet and I would ask this is taken on as a priority,ţ Cllr Smith said.
ýEverybody was delighted the site was sold and now by working with the new owners we have a huge opportunity to develop and enhance the town,ţ he said.
Earlier this year the Tribune revealed the new owners have plans for major development on the site, which is transected by the Moneen River and owned by a new partnership of businessmen with plans to create a new restaurant, cafe and even a new town park in a large green area at the rear of the site.
A number of new businesses have already set up shop in the grounds of the industrial site ˝ among them a new oil company with plans to create 30 jobs by the end of the year, a new gym and other start-ups including a computer software focused business.
The overstressed traffic-lights junction was also discussed at the monthly meeting of Roscrea Community Development Council (RCDC) last Thursday night, where it was said the severely dilapidated surface dressing on the junction has become very bad.
The badly potholed and ravelled junction has become one of the worst sections of road in the town centre, where the busy N62 meets traffic from the Main Street and Kinnitty directions.


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