No bond to fix Broomville's lethal fence

Portlaoise estate

No bond to fix Broomville's lethal fence
By Ryan Dunneryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The absence of a bond on Broomville Close means that the council cannot fix a broken fence which could prevent a child from falling into the stream and drowning.

At the recent meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald asked Laois County Council to take Broomville Close estate in charge.

She received a written response from Mr Pat Delaney, planning, saying that there are a number of outstanding issues with this estate.

There is no bond in place to carry out the outstanding works, and a CCTV survey must be carried out.

Depending on funding this estate may be taken in charge in 2017, said Mr Delaney.

“It’s not the residents’ fault there’s no bond, there’s some fault on Laois County Council,” retorted Cllr Fitzgerald.

Cllr Fitzgerald said that one major issue was a broken fence in the estate which overlooks a stream, and expressed her hope that the council would prioritise this estate.

She asked that the council make this a special case for funding.

“It’s an urgent estate to be taken in charge,” agreed Cllr Jerry Lodges.

“If some child crawls through the fence and has an accident, all of a sudden we’ll do something. It’s very little to erect a fence in the interim, that stream is dangerous,” he said.

Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said that the fence was a bigger issue than the lights in the estate, due to the risk of a child fatality.

Concurring, Cllr Fitzgerald said that the council should even do the fence at the moment. “We have to do it,” she said.