Cllr Colm Murray
During the most recent meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District, Cllr Colm Murray (FG) called for the footpath along the Island Road in Kenagh to be extended.
He said the move would link the villages to the new walking routes that are currently being created in Corlea and along the Royal Canal.
Cllr Murray called for the extension through a notice of motion which was supported by all his municipal district colleagues on the night.
“A number of years ago the current footpath was extended to the bridge, but these days it is no longer fit for purpose,” he added.
“A lady fell there recently and at this stage, I would be hoping that the roads section at Longford Co Council would be able to find the money so the footpath can be extended further out the road.”
Area engineer Alan Slattery said works were carried out in the area back in 2011/12.
“The footpath was extended 50 metres at the time and if we were to extend it now, more land would be required because the road is so narrow,” he continued, before pointing out that if such works were carried out, traffic calming measures would consequently have to be put in place.
“That would be at a substantial cost.”
Cllr Murray then pointed out that the cost of carrying out the necessary works would amount to far less than the amount the local authority would be forced to pay out when injury claims began pouring in.
“It will cost the Council a lot more money with injury claims which are going to happen,” Cllr Murray concluded.
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