LAOIS County Council extinguished a public right of way at Rathevan, Portlaoise after it received approval from councillors at a recent municipal district meeting.
Area engineer Wes Wilkinson said the move follows requests from local residents to close the walkway because of anti-social activities in the area.
He said the walkway’s registered owner is Seán Dunne, 67 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Mr Wilkinson said there are three entry and egress points to the walkway. It was proposed to close off two entrances by building walls. A lockable gate will be erected at the remaining entrance. Keys for the gate will be held by a member of the local residents’ association and Laois County Council. Entry to the walkway may be required through this gate to deal with any surface water or sewage problems should they ever arise.
As part of the agreement to prevent public access, Rossdarragh residents’ association will be required to maintain the walkway and keep it litter-free.
Mr Wilkinson said the residents’ association requested that public lighting along the walkway be kept operational, which he declined.
Cllr Noel Tuohy said that there were fears that “the lights would attract anti-social behaviour. The walkway was attracting semi-adults aged from 15 to 17 and was bringing unwanted traffic into the area”.
Cllr Tuohy proposed the motion to extinguish the public right of way and was seconded by cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley.