Clare County Council has lodged plans to construct a new bridge and relief road in Ennistymon and pedestrianise the current bridge at Blakes Corner.
The Blakes Corner junction has been an ongoing issue for Clare County Council for nearly twenty years. The most recent plans put forward for the traffic blackspot were rejected by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in June of 2016 because they were not large enough in scale to meet the long term needs of the area.
These plans were also opposed by a number of local people as they would require the compulsory purchase and demolition of a number of homes and businesses on the Lahinch side of the river.
In the days before Christmas, Clare County Council lodged a Part 8 planning application to construct a new bridge 80 metres upstream from the current bridge.
These plans appear to have dealt with the concerns raised previously by TII. The include provision for two way traffic on the new bridge, as opposed to the one-way system proposed in the 2016 application.
They also contain the provision of a roundabout on the Ennis side of the bridge. Clare County Council have also lodged a detailed, 115 page Environmental Impact Report, as part of this most recent application.
These plans are likely to meet with opposition from a number of local people, whose houses still face demolition under the new revised plans. It is anticipated that a planning report on the forthcoming Part 8 planning process will be presented to the April Monthly Meeting of Clare County Council for consideration.
This report will include any objections or general submissions made by members of the public in relation to the new plan for the Blakes Corner junction and the proposed Inner relief Road.

This week’s Clare People out Now.

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