Parking woes could lead to fatality

The Department of Social Protection offices in Longford. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Traffic congestion and parking issues outside Longford’s Department of Social Protection offices will have to be ironed out “before somebody is killed”.

Traffic congestion and parking issues outside Longford’s Department of Social Protection offices will have to be ironed out “before somebody is killed”.

Those were the claims put forward by Cllr Paul Connell earlier this week at Longford Town Council’s quarterly Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting.

The Independent councillor presented a series of photographs showing the problems encountered by local residents and pedestrians on a daily basis outside Government Buildings in the Ardnacassa area of town.

“It is an utter disgrace what’s going on down there and something will have to be done,” he said, revealing he had had also been in close contact with homeowners over the issue.

Other representatives from the committee, like Cllrs Mae Sexton and Peggy Nolan supported calls for written correspondence to be sent to the likes of Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and the Office of Public Works (OPW).

This, after it emerged plans are afoot to place 50 additional staff at the offices in due course.

“They (Department) are obviously not looking to extend the building,” interjected Cllr Tony Flaherty. “It has to be looked at because there will be a fatality down there otherwise with a child and buggy.”

Supt Denis Shields, after observing the photgraphs shown by Cllr Connell, said gardaí would take a closer look at the parking situation.