Traffic danger at Portlaoise church

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Traffic danger at Portlaoise church
By SEAMUS DUNNE news@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Parishioners and the public are facing a perilous traffic risk at SS Peter & Paul’s Parish Church in Portlaoise, a county councillor has claimed.

“The situation is really serious,” stressed Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, Fianna Fáil, at a Portlaoise Municipal District meeting .

She elucidated: “No-one has a view leaving the church on the Stradbally Road side. There’s going to be a serious accident.”

Cllr Fitzgerald asked for an update on yellow boxes at the churchgates

Laois County Council Engineer Farhan Nasiem promised action.

“These road markings works will be carried out in the forthcoming weeks as part of a lining works schedule.”

He was supported by one of the council's Director of Services Kieran Kehoe: “A contractor has been appointed.”

Meanwhile, councillors called for people to with disabilities to be accomodated at two private buildings that attract a lot of public use.

Cllr Willie Aird called for disabled parking space with easy access to the Credit Union.

Engineer Farhan Nasiem said the space would be installed after approval of the parking by-laws.

The Fine Gael councillor also proposed tree-trimming on Ballymullen Road, Abbeyleix, to uncover the public lights.

Mr Nasiem said this would be done as part of the lighting maintenance contractor’s works schedule.

Provide a disabled parking space in vicinity of the cinema and Bank Place, proposed Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley.

Many disabled people visited the cinema, said the Sinn Féin councillor, and the nearest parking spaces for them were in the Top Square and at the railway station.

Engineer Farhan Nasiem said the space would be installed after the approval of the parking by-laws.

Cllr Aird called for the provision of a lay-bye on Coolnacart Lane as soon as possible. Reply: Meeting will be arranged with Cllr Aird to assess suitable location and works required.