Council agree to complete Firhouse cycle land works

By Aura McMenamin

SOUTH Dublin County Council has agreed to complete work on a cycling lane in Tallaght and Firhouse following complaints from cyclists, reports Aura McMenamin.

Local woman Vanessa Sterry posted pictures of the cycle lane online and said that while she was grateful for the work that has been carried out on the stretch of road from Spawell to Tallaght and in Firhouse, she had noticed some work was left incomplete.

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Ms Sterry, a keen cyclist and member of the IBIKE Dublin campaign, said that the cycle lane leading from Morton’s Pub in Firhouse to the Tallaght Weir bridge was not in good shape.

She said: “It is uneven, stoney and overgrown with weeds at times. In [rainy] weather, it can be absolutely treacherous. It's mostly safer to cycle over the grass. I avoided the area today.”

Ms Sterry called for improved lighting in the area, which is prone to flooding and large puddles, saying that hazardous objects such as glass and loose gravel were difficult to see without a decent bike light.

She said she hoped to see resurfacing on the lane in the future, with the old red surface towards Balrothery still visible.

She said: “For about 35 meters at an uphill gradient, the area is still in need of some resurfacing. It's literally crumbling. You can see where the old red surface meets the new black tarmac immediately.

Ms Sterry also highlighted the builder’s rubble left in two spots along this path.

She told The Echo: “When you cross over the bridge heading towards Balrothery, you come at a slight hill and arrive at a spot with rubble.

“Further on past the first underpass and on the left, there's another mound/pile of waste dumped. It's really disappointing that the council workers/contractors couldn't complete the job and left the place in such as mess.”

In response to Ms Sterry’s tweets, Independent Rathfarnham Councillor Deirdre O’Donovan queried the council.

The council responded: “The contractor is due to complete top soiling works on the verges and will tidy up the path as far as the River Dodder Bridge - works were suspended due to Operation Freeflow/Open City.”

The council said that the contractor would remove any materials left onsite on Tuesday.

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