Walking on broken glass on streets of Borris-in-Ossory

Action: demanded in Borris over falling glass and slates from empty buildings

Walking on broken glass on streets of Borris-in-Ossory
Conor Ganlynews@leinsterexpress.ie

A famous 1980s hit by the Eurythmics star Annie Lennox was used at a Laois County Council meeting to highlight the risks caused by derelict buildings.

Speaking on a motion about footpaths Cllr Conor Bergin said said fallen glass and other debris is now common in Borris-in-Ossory and is now a health and safety issue.

“The issue isn’t just about footpaths. When you are walking down Main Street there are a few derelict buildings. There are the Leix County and Whytes Hotel. I’ve had reports recently of glass and slates falling from those buildings onto the street.

“It is a bit like the Annie Lennox song ‘Walking on Broken Glass’ she must have been talking about the Main Street in Borris,” he said.

Cllr James Kelly described the buildings as ‘dangerous’.

“If a storm comes the gable end of one will fall onto a residence a family is living in,” he said.

Both councillors were speaking after Cllr King had called on the council to examine the footpaths on Main Steet and provide for funding to repair and replace where necessary.

Mr Edmond Kenny, Laois County District Engineer, committed to a site visit to assess the footpath.

Cllr Conor Bergin said the stretch from the footpath to the Leix County Hotel to the national school should be looked at because there is heavy traffic on it every day.

Cllr Kelly said funding will have to be found for the work because it is a long stretch of footpath. “It would be a big job,” he said.

Cllr King asked if Borris could be the subject of a plan that could deliver projects such as the footpaths.

Cllr Kelly said funding has already been allocated to the courthouse and surrounds.

Director of Services, Donal Brennan said any issues with dangerous buildings should be reported to the council’s water services department which handles issues with dangerous buildings.