Councillors clash over lighting ills

Cllr Mae Sexton.

Cllr Mae Sexton.

Concerns over the quality of public lighting inside a Longford town housing estate is threatening to escalate into a full blown political storm, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Not for the first time, Cllrs Mae Sexton and Peggy Nolan last week exchanged differing views at Town Council level, this time concerning the suitability of LED lighting in and around The Demesne estate.

Fears over its present set up were carried on the front page of last week’s Leader when it emerged ambulance personnel were unable to tell the difference between addresses because of the darkness.

Cllr Nolan said the suitability of lighting was unacceptable given the relatively high number of elderly residents that live there.

The Fine Gael councillor, who lives in The Demesne, quickly drew the ire of Cllr Sexton who repeated her comments of two days earlier.

“I said all this at the County Council’s Budget meeting,” said Cllr Sexton, as she told of the interrupted service homeowners had to endure over Christmas.

Cllr Nolan, appearing aggrieved at her Independent colleague’s remarks said: “If Cllr Sexton wants to take credit for it, then that’s fine. What I am saying is where savings have to be made, it can’t be done at the expense of the safety of people.”




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