‘Dangerous’ footpath at Ardan Glas

COUNTY Hall has no programme in place to finish the footpath at Ardan Glas in Portlaoise.

COUNTY Hall has no programme in place to finish the footpath at Ardan Glas in Portlaoise.

That was the reply to Cllr Willie Aird’s motion at the recent town council meeting, where he highlighted the safety issues at this stretch of road which is opposite the Gaelscoil.

“If you’re coming up the road, young children have to go off the footpath. I can’t understand why, if something is so dangerous and such a small job, it can’t be done. Two or three metres of concrete would do it,” he said.

“You need this little piece of the puzzle,” he continued. “It’s a pure hazard for pedestrians. We spent a lot of money on the Borris Road, but for some reason we will not address this.”

The motion was supported by Cllr Rotimi Adebari, who said the work should be prioritised.

“We can’t afford to compromise on safety,” he said.

Mayor of Portlaoise, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said that considering it is such a small stretch of road and Cllr Aird has raised the issue a few times, the council should look at it in the next budget.