Updated: 30/11/16 : 03:57:15
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New footpaths and signage for dangerous stretches of rural roads

New footpaths are now to be constructed along a dangerous stretch of road on the outskirts of Ballymote.

The badly needed footpaths will be at Carrownanty on the approach to two major factory units.

Cllr Dara Mulvey, Cathaoirleach of South and West Sligo Municipal District, originally proposed at a meeting of Sligo County Council 8th September 2014 the following;

'To call on  Sligo County Council for an update on the issue of a footpath extension from Ballymote to the 2 factory units located  at Carrownanty.'

Cllr Mulvey said yesterday, "I am delighted to confirm following my repeated representations from 8th Sept 2014 when I tabled a motion calling on Sligo County Council to provide a new footpath along road R296 from Carrownanty Ballymote towards the two factory units this work is due to start in spring 2017."

Work is also at an advanced stage on the pedestrian crossing in the town at the Post Office which was also proposed by the Fine Gael councillor.

Meanwhile new signage on a stretch of road, the R290, Ballygawley to Ballintogher road from Ballygawley Village to beyond Castledargan Resort have been welcomed.

Speaking earlier to the Secretary of Ballygawley Enterprise/Development, Thomas Walsh, stated, “The road is extremely busy with vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

Mr Walsh tells of local residents, hotel guests and golfers walking to and from the village, along a road which has no footpaths, no lighting and has an extremely dangerous corner, it being the main thoroughfare to the village.

We have been campaigning on this issue for the past two years and new `pedestrian warning signs` and `major entrance on approach` signage are a step is the right direction.

We, as a community welcome this development and acknowledge that it has been included in Sligo County Councils new draft mini-plan for the village.

We urge Sligo County to progress this issue further in terms of lighting and footpaths”.