Leitrim County Council have said “The hazard to pedestrians along this road is driver speed” in reply to a query about Willowfiled Road, Ballinamore.
Sinn Féin Councillor Caroline Mulvey requested the council to conduct a safety assessment where the Willowfield Junction meets the R199 and follow up with any necessary safety measures in order to ensure a can cross the road safely at this point.
She was informed by the council at the recent Ballinamore Municipal District Meeting that the junction between Willowfield road and the R199 has recently been altered due to authorised development.
The council stated “The Willowfield road is a "cul de sac" and used predominantly by people who live on this road.
“This office has had many requests to construct a pedestrian crossing at this junction. LCC do not have budgetary funding for these capital works, however there are funding streams available to the local communities such as CLAR and Town & Village schemes."
Cllr Mulvey has welcomed fencing along the walkway in Ballinamore after calling for the council to erect safety rails on the walls across from SuperValu and on the canal bridge. She asked for a letter to be sent to Waterways Ireland. The council said “it is very unusual to place a guard rail along this visual amenity."