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Friday 18 April 2014

No money for crucial pedestrian crossings

The main street of Ballisodare, where calls have been made for a pedestrian crossing.

PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS are needed in Ballisodare and Dromore West but it seems there is no money to provide them.

Senior Engineer James O'Toole told Clr. Michael Clarke: "It would be unrealistic to expect any more funding in these two towns at present."

But Clr. Clarke, at the January meeting of the council, asked: "Is it acceptable that people in these two towns should have to put their lives at risk?"

He said the crossings were sought for the past three years.

"I would ask that funding be made available for these in this year," he insisted.

Clr. Sean MacManus said that about eight years ago he proposed a crossing for Ballisodare.

"I think we should contact the NRA to examine the feasibility of providing the crossings," he said.

Clr. Mary Barrett said: "I have raised this on many occasions prior to the last three years."

Clr. Joe Queenan said that when planning permission was given for a housing estate in Dromore West, one of the conditions was provision of a pedestrian crossing.

"Why doesn't the enforcement section enforce that?" he asked.

Clr. Dara Mulvey said: "I met people in Ballisodare who are in constant fear of crossing the street to SuperValu from the post office."

Mr. O'Toole replied: "We will contact the relevant department inspector to have the two locations assessed afresh."

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