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30 Jun 2022

Community Employment workers praised for glass clean up in Ballymahon playground

Pat O'Toole

Cllr Pat O'Toole

Cllr Pat O’Toole has called on Longford County Council to provide public lighting at the Kayak Club carpark on Thomond Road in Ballymahon.

Cllr O’Toole raised the issue at a recent meeting of Ballymahon Municipal District.

“It’s nowadays used as an overflow carpark for the GP practice and O’Hanlon’s pharmacy and in winter it’s very dark and could do with some public lighting,” he said.”

Director of Services John McKeon explained that the council would look into it and see if they could use the public lighting budget to carry out the works.

Cllr O’Toole (pictured) also complimented workers on the Community Employment Scheme in Ballymahon for the stellar effort they’ve put into making the playground on Thomond Road a safer place for local children.

“There was a lot of anti-social behaviour down there with people leaving drinks and broken bottles and cans and debris behind,” said Cllr O’Toole.

“I spoke to Paul Newell (Area Engineer for Ballymahon Municipal District) and to Ciarán Murphy in Longford County Council, who is in charge of the playground in the county and we decided we’d get a couple of workers on the community employment scheme on it.

“Some of the crew are going down there every morning to do a quick sweep and a clean of the area.

“The anti-social behaviour started up over Christmas and we had the council, the Gardaí and the CE scheme involved and it seems to have sorted the problem,” he concluded.

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