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Countywide traffic survey not needed say Council

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*Traffic congestion in Kilrush. Photograph: Páraic McMahon A requested traffic survey to determine the use of Clare’s road network is not needed, senior officials in the local authority have said.

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Local roads deteriorating with emphasis on regional routes – Cooney

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*Mullaghmore. Photograph: Clare By Nature Lack of funding will prevent Clare County Council from concentrating solely on improving local and minor roads within the county as part of the schedule of road works.

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Council to continue with current grass cutting policy

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Clare’s current grass cutting policy for houses in estates owned by the Council is to be continued for the foreseeable future with a senior engineer observing that community groups tend to be “much more attentive” when taking on a role than paid employees.

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‘Fear of God’ put into Ennis pedestrians & cyclists

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Cyclists and drivers in Ennis have had “the fear of God” put into them while Ireland is suffering from “car addiction”, a recent discussion on traffic calming measures heard.

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Unmaintained hedges putting driver’s safety at risk

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Motorists are ‘taking their lives into their hands’ by having to travel in the middle of certain roads due to unmaintained hedges in Co Clare.

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Miltown Malbay ‘written off the map’

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An absence of signs directing motorists to Miltown Malbay has been done deliberately to ‘write the West Clare town off the map’.

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South Clare needs ‘more works’ before LNDR is put in place

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Improved road facilities must be put in place in Clare prior to the development of the Limerick Northern Distributor Road (LNDR), Cllr Cathal Crowe has claimed. Meelick native, Crowe proposed at Shannon Municipal District’s January meeting that “Clare County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland prioritise in 2019 the provision of a widened carriageway, pedestrian footpath,…

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‘Explosion of cyclists’ in Co Clare

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*Photograph: Paul Daly Illegal parking must be tackled to deal with “an explosion of cyclists” across the county. At Monday’s meeting of Clare County Council, Sinn Féin’s Mike McKee tabled a motion seeking a greater enforcement “to ensure cycle lanes are kept free from vehicle parking”. The local authority has subsequently committed to discussing the…

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Councillors issue ‘warning note’ on road opening licence fees

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Councillors in Clare maintain that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to road opening licence fees. Clare County Council requires that any person or company who wishes to open up a section of public road or footpath obtain a road opening licence before carrying out any work. This is to ensure that…

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Grass cutting costs Council €250,000 annually

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“Nearly all of the grass cutting” conducted by staff of Clare County Council is being maintained for historical reasons, it has been revealed. Senior Engineer with the local authority, John Leahy made this known in a response to a motion from Cllr Cathal Crowe at the Council’s July meeting. The annual cost of grass cutting…

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