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Wider footpath sought for busy Portlaoise street while safety measures needed in Ballyroan

Railway Street Portlaoise

A busy Portlaoise street is in bad need of a wider footpath, according to a local councillor at the most recent meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District.

Cllr Barry Walsh called for the footpath at Railway Street in the town, particularly in the area close to Kavanagh’s Bicycle Shop to be widened and repaired.

The street provides access from the busy Dunamaise College in the old vocational school to Main Street.

“It’s neither a footpath nor a kerb,” said Cllr Walsh at this week’s meeting in Laois County Council.

“It’s quite bumpy and there are a couple of spots in very poor condition. It is particularly difficult for anyone with a disability.”

Cllr Walsh was told that a council engineer will meet him to examine the issue.

Elsewhere, Cllr Walsh raised a motion for the council to provide a concealed entrance sign at Cashel Cross, Ballyroan, which again council engineer Wes Wilkinson agreed to meet to look at at.

Cllr Walsh also called for a road layby on the L-2776-0 between Pass and Cullenagh, Ballyroan.

On this issue Cllr Walsh was told that work will commence within the next week.

“The road is very narrow there and there is a drop off to one side. A layby is necessary,” he said.

Cllr Walsh was supported by his Fine Gael party colleague Willie Aird, who said “laybys are a god-send. They don’t cost a lot but they are a great job for small money.”

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