Litany of issues affecting Laragh
COUNCILLORS attending last week's meeting of Wicklow Municipal District brought up a litany of issues affecting Laragh village, including traffic congestion problems and a lack of road markings and public lighting.
Cllr. John Snell said the amount of traffic passing through the village was causing problems for people trying to cross the road, especially more senior members of the community.
'A number of years ago many meetings were held to discuss a pedestrian crossing, yet nothing has occurred. It's almost become an Olympic sport to see who can cross the street the quickest. I think the longest record is 25 minutes. The road also needs to be marked and I also think two strategically placed pedestrian crossings are also needed. Laragh is a very busy village and it is unfair on residents and tourists who can't even cross the road.'
He also felt that a lack of public lighting was proving problematic.
'There are a lot of B&Bs in the area taking in business. It's tough enough that they don't have a footpath but the lack of public lighting is also an issue. You see tourists using their mobile phones to try and get some light while walking home at night.'
Cllr. Shay Cullen also called for further street lighting and footpaths in the village.
'We need some sort of footpath for that road. It's filled with B&Bs and it's highly dangerous. There is also a pool of water collecting where people have to walk out on to the road to avoid it.'
Cathaoirleach Cllr. Pat Casey, said that the NTA (National Transport Authority) had agreed to invest in Laragh with seven possibilities under consideration.
'There are seven solutions being worked through the local community so when it comes to design there is a total buy-in from the area so we don't lose the funding.
'We have seen where funding in Rathdrum and Wicklow town was lost because agreement couldn't be reached. We are working toward a solution for Laragh and Glendalough.'
Area Engineer, Paul Byrne, said that resurfacing works in Laragh should start around late August, early September. 'We will make sure the road is settled fully and then road markings will be carried out all along Main Street.'
He also offered to look into the possibility of public lighting, but warned that the issue was dependent on the availability of resources and funding.