Open the Half Moon Lane Entrance to Tramore Valley!

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Almost a year after it's opening, Tramore Valley Park still lacks suitable pedestrian and cycle access for those who live closest to it. Meanwhile, a park gate on Half Moon Lane is padlocked shut. City councillors and executives refuse to look at short term options, continuing to delay any solutions and say a lengthy consultation process must yet begin.

Cllr. Terry Shannon even hit out at locals calling them "whingers that make him sick" after their repeated cries to have the gate opened.

At the moment the only pedestrian access is by the Douglas Gaelscoil. This entrance still takes a further 1km before you actually enter the park. For most residents in Turner's Cross and Ballyphehane this is simply too far away. Some locals have resorted to cycling across the dangerous South Link dual carriageway to use the car entrance. This is a massive accident waiting to happen.

The council claim that Half Moon Lane is too dangerous for park goers to use. However, the lane is also home to one of the largest secondary schools in the city (Christ the King Girls), as well as a council vehicle depot and a pitch and putt course. It is mystifying as to how the lane is safe enough for school girls but not for park goers.

Locals recognise that long term solutions such as road improvements on the Half Moon Lane/South Douglas Road junction are needed. However, there are short term, low cost options involving bollards and increased signage that the council refuse to put in place.

Please sign and share the petition to let councillors know you want to see this gate open!