Street lights and footpaths have been demanded to improve safety at one of the biggest schools in Laois.
“There are 750 kids in the new school there, if you don’t take that into consideration, we are banging our heads off a stone wall,” Cllr Ray Cribbin told a Laois County Council engineer at the recent area meeting, referring to Coláiste Iosagáin secondary school.
He had requested three street lights and the completion of a footpath on the Bog road in Portlarlington, but was told there was no funding available for either.
“All the school traffic is going by, taking short cuts up Botley lane to the bog road. The Laois part is not too bad, but the Offaly part is deplorable. We are coming out of winter now, but there should be a couple of lights. I hear that there is no funding the whole time, I am not concerned with that answer. There should be funding in the centre of Portarlington,” Cllr Cribbin said.
He reported that a man had fallen into a hole on Bog Road days before.
“There is work going on up there that has yet to be filled in, it is highly dangerous. A fella fell into it the other night, he is in his 60’s. What about all the children coming from school? You need somewhere for people to walk. They have to walk on the road, and that’s a narrow road,” he said. Cllr Tom Mulhall backed up the request for lights,
“There are 7,800 lights in the county, I agree that’s too many but there are some in areas not needed,” he said.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Paul Mitchell suggested the council could install lights if they had removed them from another location.