Lights out in Ballymahon


Public lighting has become a problem in Ballymahon

During last week’s Ballymahon Municipal District meeting in Lanesboro, Cllr Paul Ross (FG) put forward a notice of motion calling on Longford Co Council to review the public lighting in Ballymahon with particular emphasis on the lighting along footpaths.

“There is not enough lighting along the footpaths and at the moment it is very dark,” the local area representative in Legan said.

Meanwhile, Cllr Pat O’Toole (FF) who submitted a similar notice of motion in respect of the matter said the situation had been allowed to develop for a lengthy period of time and it now needed to be addressed.

“I have had a lot of complaints about the lack of lighting along the footpaths,” he added, before pointing out that a new water cable would be installed underground in the area over the coming weeks making it an ideal time to examine the lighting issue.

Area engineer, Alan Slattery said that a full study of lighting in Ballymahon town was carried out in 2015 with improvements and upgrades made the following year.

“The Council has received no public complaints in relation to lighting in Ballymahon,” he told the meeting.

“The Road Design section will certainly check it out, but it has only recently been upgraded.”

Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Mick Cahill then indicated his support for his colleague’s notice of motion.

“The lights appear to be too far apart - there are black spots, and there are areas in particular that need to be reviewed,” he said, while Cllr Colm Murray added, “I feel it’s the footpath that is the problem in Ballymahon and I think that if that was sorted out, the lighting would be fine.”

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