Household charge for ramps - Aird

A PORTLAOISE councillor wants money raised from the Houshold Charge should be used to slow down motorists.

A PORTLAOISE councillor wants money raised from the Houshold Charge should be used to slow down motorists.

Cllr Willie Aird suggested that part of the money raised be used to provide speeding ramps in housing estates. Proposing the motion at the recent monthly meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, Cllr Aird said that people are entitled to see something in return for their money.

“The Minister said that part of the charge would be spent on housing estates. People want to see work being carried out in return for their €100.

“People are putting their hand in their pockets and making a contribution. If things like this aren’t ringfenced I’d be very disappointed,” he said.

Seconding the motion, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald suggested making a submission for speeding ramps to be included in the council’s budget and she reminded the meeting that a few years back a council initiative had managed to get traffic lights installed at every school in the county.

However, the proposal was objected to by Cllr Kathleen O’Brien, who pointed out that the council haven’t received the full amount for the Household Charge yet and they do not how much they are going to get.

“We can’t state there’s a certain amount for ramps when it may be needed for other things,” she said.

A reply from Gerry Murphy, head of finance, said that the income from the Household Charge forms part of the council’s Local Government Fund for 2012 and there is no additional funding available.