It’s a way in but most definitely not a way out at the first entrance to Fairgreen Village, Portlaoise, and motorists need to learn that this is an entrance only and not an exit in the interest of safety for all road users and pedestrians.
So said Cllr Jerry Lodge at County Hall recently, during the last meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District which took place just before Christmas.
Cllr Lodge called on Laois County Council to enforce the planning condition which states that the first entrance to Fairgreen Village is an entrance only and is not to be used as an exit.
“It’s a dangerous situation, with people trying to cross two lanes of traffic going out,” he said. “We already had a number of accidents down there due to speed. We need to make sure every effort is made not to facilitate people coming out.”
Supporting the motion, Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said she had received a complaint a year ago about a bus going into the estate to collect children that went out the same way.
“Taxi drivers are the biggest culprits, it’s easier to go out the same entrance,” Cllr Dwane Stanley said. “I’ve seen tyre marks from cars going across the green, they’re obviously trying to shortchange the roundabout and go straight out on the road, it’s absolute madness what they’re doing.”
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said she didn’t think anything could be done, as motorists can’t see to the left when exiting.
“You take a complete chance going through the roundabout,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.
“It was our planners who decided to put the N80 through a housing estate,” fumed Cllr Willie Aird. “It was an absolute disgrace.”
The councillors received a written reply from Mr Farhan Nasiem, acting senior executive engineer with roads, read out at the meeting by town clerk Ms Elaine Moore.
Mr Nasiem said that enforcement of the law is the responsibility of the gardaí. However, he gave a commitment that Laois County Council’s road design department will investigate the road signs at this location to see what can be done.