No more lights at houses

Laois County Council don’t want their councillors asking for individual lights on rural roads.

Laois County Council don’t want their councillors asking for individual lights on rural roads.

Last Wednesday January 21 the six councillors of the Portarlington to Graiguecullen district were advised against requesting single public lights for their constituents.

Director of Services Kieran Kehoe outlined past bad decisions.

“On my own road there are five lights outside properties, and three junctions with no lights. if there are gaps that’s where your money should go,” he said.

“If someone wants to light up their yard for security, they should pay for it themselves. There are a huge amount of community groups seeking lights at junctions for CCTV, that would benefit hundreds of houses,” agreed Engineer Orla Barrett.

Cllr John Moran said there are “lights in silly places where there is not a house”.

“I know two lights a metre apart, and I know why, it’s because a housing estate was not finished,” he said.

“Half of Portarlington was in darkness for the past four days,” noted Cllr Aidan Mullins, adding that the ESB were working on a network fault to fix it.

“Will you let us know before you take out lights,” asked Cllr Ben Brennan.

“Yes. That’s not the message we want you to take, we are not running around the county taking out lights,” said Mr Kehoe.