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Continued high levels of activity outside the grounds of one GAA club in Clare has led to calls for the addition of pedestrian traffic lights.

A zebra crossing currently exists at the grounds of Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA club while an appeal has been issued by Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) for pedestrian traffic lights to be put in place to compliment this.

Tom Mellett, senior executive engineer with the Shannon Municipal District said they will consult with colleagues in the road design office following on from Cllr McMahon’s proposal.

Traffic flow as been “an ongoing problem for many years” at Fr Murphy Memorial Park, Cllr McMahon commented as he recalled “a major accident many years ago”. With the hurling, camogie and ladies football club combined, the Newmarket-on-Fergus representative detailed that membership levels were close to 800.

Issues associated with on-street parking have been “alleviated” due to use of a new entrance to the club’s new astro-turf development beside the hurling alleys. “Parking has been a massive problem, fire brigades and ambulances always had a problem, there’s been many new houses built too, all of those scenarios put together show the importance of on and off traffic lights with so many young people going into the pitch”.

Senior officials in the club informed the local representative that concerns with relation to parking continue to exist. His proposal for the lights was seconded by Cllr John Crowe (FG).

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