Council snippets

Councillors raised the following issues at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council.

Councillors raised the following issues at the April meeting of Leitrim County Council.

Relocating the post box

Cllr Siobhan McGloin put forward a motion at the recent Council meeting, calling for the Council to contact An Post to ask them to relocate the post office box at Glenade Church.

Addressing the Chamber, Cllr McGloin said suggested the post office box should be relocated the th opposite side of the road “in the interest of safety”.

Her motion was carried and the Council will now contact An Post with a formal request to move the post box.

Rethink needed on single applicant changes

Cllr Francis Gilmartin has asked the Council to contact the Department regarding the new guidelines for single people applying for Council accommodation.

The Fianna Fail councillor said that the new changes were “unjust” and observed that the Council needed to “put pressure on the Government to give single persons the same playing field.”

Gardai to be informed of joy-riding

Following concerns raised by Cllr Tony Ferguson about joy-riding at the Derrinaseer Amenity Area, a spokesperson for the Council said that all complaints would be passed on to local gardai.

Cllr Ferguson said that it was vital to put in place a system to control use of the Amenity Area.

Taking in charge Dartry Vale

Cllr Sean McSharry asked when the Dartry Vale Estate, Kinlough would be officially taken over by the Council.

He was told that a taking in charge application had been received on February 20 this year however it was incomplete and the Council had since written to the developer to furnish all outstanding documentation.

Routine repairs

Routine repairs will be carried out on the LP15081 at Augharan, Aughavas in the near future following a request by Cllr Paddy O’Rourke.

Footpath in Leitrim village

Following a query on the completion of footpaths on the Keadue road out of Leitrim Village, Cllr Francis Gilmartin was told that the footpath on the R284 was constructed under a Smarter Travel Scheme for 2011 and “has been completed now for some time”.

Survey of Coragh Bridge

Leitrim County Council is seeking to include the Coragh Bridge, Corraleehan in the Bridge Survey to be carried out as a result of funding provided by the NRA.

The news came following a question by Cllr Martin Kenny who said that repair work needed to be carried out on this bridge.

“When this survey is complete funding will be sought for any remedial work required, dependant on the level of funding available and the priority afforded this bridge,” noted the Director of Service, Infrastructure, John McGuinness.

Works on Gulladoo Road

Routine repairs will be carried out on the upper Gulladoo Road LT55981 in the near future following a query by Cllr Paddy O’Rourke.

Lining of crossroads

Speaking at the recent Council meeting, Cllr Enda Stenson asked when the crossroads at Killnagross PO were going to be properly lined.

He was told that the Council were proposing to undertake resurfacing of the road at this location. “Road marking can be carried out on completion of these works,” noted the Director of Service, Infrastructure, John McGuinness.

Work on Drumcong Bridge

Cllr Francis Gilmartin asked the Council to “remove the stones out of the river at Drumcong and put more markings approaching the bridge.”

In reply he was told the approach signage and road markings were recently upgraded on the approaches to this junction and “they are considered adequate”.

A spokesperson for the Council added that “stones from the parapet wall which were knocked into the river bed as a result of a traffic accident recently will be removed. The parapet wall of the bridge will be re-built when funding becomes available”.

Safety concerns in Carrigallen

Fine Gael councillor, John McCartin, raised a number of safety issues centring on the recent completion of a new footpath and speed ramp near the Carrigallen Primary School.

He said the new footpath was a hazard which was “barely visible to traffic entering the town from the Longford road”. 

“The new speed ramp is also difficult to see. Can the edge of the path and the face of the speed ramp be clearly marked?,” he asked.

The Director of Service, Infrastructure, John McGuinness said that road marking contractors had carried out lining on the roadway approaching the footpath.

“Road markings have also been carried out on the new ramp making the ramp more visible and helping to reduce the traffic speed in this location,” he added.

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