Five-year plan for traffic calming

Traffic calming measures were top of the agenda at the budget meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, with Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald suggesting the seven councillors meet up after the meeting and format a five-year plan.

Traffic calming measures were top of the agenda at the budget meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, with Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald suggesting the seven councillors meet up after the meeting and format a five-year plan.

“I would love to see the councillors coming together, we’re mature enough and adult enough to put forward a plan for five years and get all the estates done,” she said.

“We can meet (senior engineer) Tom O’Carroll to see about costing,” said Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley. “We have five years to do this if everybody agrees.”

Cllr John Joe Fennelly suggested that each councillor put in €5,000 for traffic calming and later draw up the plan. Cllr Aird disagreed, saying that spending €5,000 on measures in Abbeyleix, for example, would be “no good to the people of Ballyroan”.

“We should be mature enough to sit down and do up a plan, and not run off like headless chickens,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.

“We should go away and prioritise,” said Cllr Mary Sweeney.