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Cllr Tom Cunningham claimed there are over 150 potholes on the R166.

Cllr Tom Cunningham claimed there are over 150 potholes on the R166.

Cllr Tom Cunningham claimed there are over 150 potholes on the R166.

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Fines for parking illegally on footpaths in the town will increase from from €40 to €80 in February. This issue was originally raised in November, with Cllr Declan Power, who pushed for an update and questioned what the council’s plans are to ensure this is in place by February 1.

Staying with roads, the thorny issue of potholes was raised by Cllr Cunningham, who noted there are over 150 potholes on the R116. He called for the road to be resurfaced at the next possible opportunity. 

Louth County Council Senior Engineer, Mark Johnston said the potholes on R166 will get attention either this week or within the next 10 days. There are also plans to resurface the road.

Mayor James Byrne also raised concern at the potholes outside the East Coast Bakehouse, along with Brianstown Medical Centre.

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He asked if there was anything that could be done to widen the footpath outside Beaubec as it is quite narrow and essentially just muck. 

Mr Johnston noted that there is only €150,000 set aside for footpaths for 2022, and he would look into the footpath outside Beaubec. 

Along with potholes, Cllr Cunningham questioned the allocation of bus stops for Bus Éireann routes as people are forced to disembark onto grass. He asked if the council coordinate with Bus Éireann on this as there is potential for slipping and those with small children at particular risk. He said there was “no planning at all,” regarding these stops. 

Mr Johnston explained that the council do cooperate with the companies on bus stops and said he will revert back on how these sites are selected. 


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