In recent weeks there has been some local incidents of inconsiderate and dangerous parking.
Cllr. Alan Edge explains “The fire brigade was on a call and was unable to get through due to this example of inconsiderate and dangerous parking. Fortunately it wasn’t a life or death situation but it could easily have been. It’s no exaggeration to say that this parking issue is putting lives at risk. It’s not the first time an emergency vehicle has been blocked and local farmers are routinely prevented from going about their business by cars blocking the narrow country roads. The parking situation has become much worse with the increased concentration of walkers during lockdown.”
Resident have reported that drivers are on occasion rude and aggressive when confronted about their selfish parking.
The local Cllr added “I’ve been in contact with Supt Lackey and met with Community Garda Pat Courtney and I’ve also put forward a number of traffic management suggestions to the Council. A large number of vehicles are being ticketed at hot spots throughout rural Dublin South West, including in the vicinity of both entrances to the Reservoirs. The Gardai emphasise that they will continue to take appropriate action to combat illegal and dangerous parking. I have asked the Council to look at more signage in problem areas; more double-yellows at problem spots in Glenasmole, Ballinascorney and Killakee; repainted and extended double-yellows at the Hellfire and a movable bollard at the Greenway, opposite the Ballinascorney entrance to Kiltipper Park. And I’m also seeking clarification from Dublin City Council concerning the eccentric opening times of the Reservoir car park at the moment.”
The local Councillor concluded “I’m urging members of the public to park responsibly when enjoying the amenities of the Dublin mountains in locations such as the Reservoir and the Hellfire Club. Above all, drivers need to be more mindful and respectful of the communities that live in these areas. The important message I think is that there are so many wonderful places for walks in the mountains that people should consider driving to a different spot if there’s nowhere to park safely. People also need to capitalise on the fact that Tallaght is the gateway to the Dublin Mountains and that amenities such as the Reservoir Walk Can so easily be accessed on foot from there. I’m also urging walkers also to please be respectful of private property and not to take short cuts across people’s land when enjoying all that the Dublin Mountains have to offer and to remember that there are plenty of sheep farms in this vicinity and that dogs should be on leashes.”
Pictured above: Recent photo taken close to the upper entrance to Bohernabreena Reservoir