“THERE is no dedicated money for footpaths,” remarked Central Area Engineer Tom O’Carroll during a meeting of the Portlaoise Electoral Area committee at Áras an Chontae.
He was responding to motions tabled by Cllr Alan Hand calling for a resolution to ‘ponding’ on the footpath at Beechlawn and to making the footpath outside Borris Court wheelchair friendly.
Mr O’Carroll said the roads and footpaths at Beechlawn were in reasonably good condition.
Cllr Hand asked him to look at the footpaths outside houses number 4 and 5 on a day when it has rained.
“A lady had to don her wellingtons to get out of her house. An indentation in the footpath could be causing the problem and there might be a low cost solution.”
Cllr Hand said a lot of senior citizens were using mobility scooters directly opposite St Paul’s NS on Borris Court and when cars are parked, there is nowhere for them to get up onto the footpath. He suggested dropping two kerbs that wouldn’t impede on shores.
Mr O’Carroll said there were already a lot of drop kerbs and that he’d investigate the matter and address it subject to funding.