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09 Dec 2021

Parking on street causing 'difficulty' for elderly and people with buggies in Laois

Parking on street causing 'difficulty'  for elderly and people with buggies

Parking on street causing 'difficulty' for elderly and people with buggies

Cars being parked on the footpath is causing ‘great difficulty’ for people including parents with buggies accessing the Credit Union in Rathdowney according to a local councillor.

Councillor John King tabled a notice of motion at the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal district meeting asking Laois County Council to erect bollards outside the Credit Union in Rathdowney.

Cllr King said that bollards will stop drivers from parking inappropriately outside the Credit Union allowing enough space for people to pass on the path.

Senior Engineer, Paul McLoughlin, said the Laois County Council will assess the issue and erect bollards to address inappropriate parking as necessary at this location.

There was uncertainty around whether the bollards would help the situation and Cllr Brendan Phelan said it would just push the problem further up the street.

“If you put bollards up then they will park down further outside the next premises. There shouldn’t be parking on a footpath, to put bollards up is not going to solve anything.

"Put a parking bay for wheelchair access outside the Credit Union. Bollards are not going to solve anything,” he said.

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