Council to wait on legal advice over Dublin St bollard

Longford Town Council will await legal advice before proceeding with any proposals in relation to the issue of a bollard erected at Breaden’s Lane, which blocks vehicular traffic onto Dublin Street.

Longford Town Council will await legal advice before proceeding with any proposals in relation to the issue of a bollard erected at Breaden’s Lane, which blocks vehicular traffic onto Dublin Street.

At the last meeting of the local authority Cllr Denis Hughes had sought clarification on the legal stand in respect of the installation of bollards to restrict access through the lane. Cllr Mae Sexton had asked the executive of the council to seek legal advice on the matter.

At this month’s monthly meeting Cllr Michael Connellan (FF) said that the council should go about legally extinguishing the existing right of way and erect an electronic bollard that would allow limited vehicular access.

Cllr Conellan said that he had costed the proposal and that one could be installed for r1,800 plus VAT. As part of the proposal, a pedestrian light could be installed to warn footpath users. Cllr Sexton said that the matter had been going on so long that it needed to be addressed.

Cllr Hughes said that Cllr Conellan’s suggestion may be the cheapest and best way to resolve the matter. Mayor Peggy Nolan said that everyone want safety to be the priority of the project and Cll Brendan Gilmore said that unless remedied, it presents a serious Health and Safety issue.

Town Clerk Dan Rooney said that legal advice is being sough to clarify the position. However, that advice has not been furnished to the council to date. Cllr Sexton said that it was “not good enough”, and that a month should be enough time to have the matter clarified.