Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District

Wants Linear Park in Carrick to be maintained

A review of the lighting is needed

Donal O'Grady

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Donal O'Grady

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Wants Linear Park in Carrick to be maintained

the boardwalk at Linear Park in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The February meeting of Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District heard a call from Cathaoirleach, Cllr Finola Armstrong-McGuire for continued maintenance of the Linear Park in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Cllr Armstrong-McGuire tabled a motion stating, “The pathway through the Linear Park in Carrick-on-Shannon has been worn thankfully by great use. The pathways now require additional gritting. Lighting along the Boardwalk also needs to be maintained properly. A review needs to be done of the lighting as it is a beautiful feature of this facility. Both works should be viewed as essential safety precautions.”

A reply from the Senior Engineer, Roads, said, “Due to the success of the Linear Park, the pathways will require routine maintenance. The lighting along this riverside amenity was carefully designed with both wildlife and people in mind. Any increase or decrease in the ambient lighting may have an effect on birds, bats and other nocturnal fauna. Normal maintenance of the lighting columns will be carried out as part of our maintenance programme.

“The lights along the Boardwalk have been damaged by flood waters since their installation. We have received a quote to replace these lights but unfortunately it is not possible within our current budget to carry out this work. We will ask our lighting contractor to design an alternative scheme for the Boardwalk which we can consider if this is within our budget.”

Cllr Armstrong-McGuire welcomed the reply.