Updated: 29/09/17 : 08:34:47
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Councillor calls for Ballymote footpath installations

A Ballymote Councillor has repeated his calls for Sligo County Council to “not leave one part of the town cut off from the rest” and sought the installation of footpaths from Bóthar an Corran to the existing one at Keenaghan. Leas Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Keith Henry proposed his motion at the September meeting of the Council.

The Fianna Fáil politician who lives in Bóthar an Corran informed the meeting that “there is three estates and over 110 houses in total beyond where the current footpath ends on the Keenaghan road. That’s a bigger population than some of the villages in county and people and children have to walk on the road to get into the town”.

In all the distance without a footpath is approximately 300 metres and Cllr Henry accepted that “while funding may not be there to do it in one go, the Council should provide funding to do it in stages. This is my second motion on the matter and I’ve met with the Area Engineer on three occasions about it. I’m asking that a plan be drawn up to do the footpath in stages as the current situation is quite dangerous with people walking on road in dim light”.

In response to his motion Mr Tom Brennan of the Infrastructure Department said that the work could cost in the region of €90,000 but would take into account what Cllr Henry said in relation to carrying out the work in stages.

Speaking after the meeting on the matter Cllr Henry said that “householders are paying a Property Tax which we’re told is for services such as footpaths and public lighting, here is a clear example of where that tax should be spent”.