Port’s footpaths to be
repaired at last

Cllr Ray Cribbin.     Photo: Michael Scully .
Portarlington is finally getting its footpaths fixed, thanks to a decision by Laois County Council to provide money from their own 2013 budget.

Portarlington is finally getting its footpaths fixed, thanks to a decision by Laois County Council to provide money from their own 2013 budget.

However no new paths will be laid, as there is only money set aside for repairs.

Repairs recently completed by Laois County Council in St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington were praised by Cllr Ray Cribbin, at the recent area meeting.

“In fairness to the council, the job done there is first class,” he said, criticising motorists for parking up on paths and damaging them.

The council reported they now will be focusing on repairs to Main Street, beginning on the worst sections first.

While Portarlington, Emo and Stradbally have no specific budget allocated for footpaths, the council have set aside a small fund from their discretionary maintenance budget for repairs this year.

“The funding is to come from the council’s own funds and was adopted as part of the 2013 budget. The fund is very small and will only cover emergency repairs at different locations to existing footpaths,” says senior engineer Orla Barrett.

Exactly how much money will be allocated this year is yet to be decided by the council’s senior roads engineer John O’Donoghue.