RESIDENTS near Rathdowney have been waiting more than 30 years just to get a footpath, according to a local councillor.
Cllr John King said that many houses in Johnstown Glebe were built over three decades ago, yet residents still don’t have a footpath as they try to walk into town.
“There are people living there a long time and they’re still waiting for this to be done,” he told the latest meeting of Borris in Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District.
Calling for council funding to install a footpath at Johnstown Glebe, he said: “There are houses built there for over 30 years, on the south side of the Errill road towards the ESB networks. I wouldn’t mind giving some of my discretionary funding to it next year.”
He was supported by Mountrath councillor James Kelly, who said the absence of a footpath was a road safety issue on such a straight road with speeding traffic.
Cllr Kelly said: “This is a long straight road into Rathdowney and unfortunately there are people who do not obey the speed limits. There are people flying in there. Anybody crossing that road needs to be very, very cautious.”
Cllr King also asked for amber arrow safety signs to be installed at bad bends on the approach road to Rathdowney from Johnstown. He pointed out that the road has a Dunnes Stores outlet and is extremely busy.
Cllr Kelly seconded the proposal, adding that a flashing warning light should be considered on the approach to the bad bends.
Assistant engineer James Dunne replied that council staff would meet cllr King at both locations, to determine what works were required.