QUESTION: At the September meeting of Leitrim County Council I will ask the Director of Services, Infrastructure to facilitate my previous request; to assist the residents at Correen, Dublin Rd, Carrick on Shannon, to upgrade the existing water pipeline so they can connect to the main water line.
REPLY: While the proposed upgrade of the water main at this location is desirable there is no funding available for this work and as a consequence Leitrim County Council is not in a position to assist the residents at this time.
Councillor Sinead Guckian – 03/09/2012
DEBATE ON MOTION: Cllr Guckian did not accept the reply and outlined that in previous representation to the Council she had requested that at a minimum that costing would be undertaken on the project. Since the abolition of the local improvement road scheme by the current government, residents on private roads have no mechanism of state funding to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of roads, although termed private roads they are generally completely open to the public to access. Residents in this area are considering funding the repairs themselves and the local area engineers office has suggested that the road maintenance, if funded privately, could be done in conjunction with the drainage works that the Council need to carry at the entrance to this road on the N4. It has been brought to my attention that the current water line in this area is insufficient for purpose and therefore it would be appropriate that consideration would be given to addressing same when all the other proposed work is being carried out as alternatively if the proposed works go ahead without the water pipes then they will have to be redone when the water main is upgraded, which would be a dublication of work and a waste of money. I asked the Director of services to cost the water main project and provide the details of the costing to the Councillors and to residents to see if any solution can be met in the near future.
At the September meeting of Leitrim County Council I will ask the Director of Services, Infrastructure to address the difficulties at the junction of L7426-2 with the R299 Drumsna/Kiltoghert road at Mullaun. Vehicles exiting the L7426-2 cannot see the traffic on the R299 and cannot exit this junction safely. This is a blind exit. If necessary I would request that a “low cost Safety Measure” grant be sought immediately to address this dangerous situation.
REPLY: The location in question can be included for consideration in a future “Low Cost Safety Scheme” depending on the level of funding available and the priorities at the time.
Councillor Sinead Guckian welcomes that this junction will be taken into consideration for a low cost safety measure. As I outlined above I have great concerns for users of this junction and the difficulties that motorists experiencing when exiting same. Given the volume of traffic on the Kiltoghert road heading towards Drumsna, it is important that this item be given priority.
QUESTION: At the September meeting of Leitrim County Council I will ask the Director of Services, Infrastructure to request the NRA to drop the existing curb on the traffic island on the centre of the N4, opposite Annaduff Church. The current level of the “stepped” kerb on the island is too high to accommodate the provision of safe crossing for those with pushchairs or wheelchair users or cyclists. Given the facilities, in constant use by pedestrians, in this location and its proximity to the National School, it is important that this work would be carried out as a matter of urgency to ensure safe pedestrian crossing for all users.
REPLY: The concerns outlined will be referred to the NRA who are responsible for the maintenance of Traffic Calming Schemes.
Councillor Sinead Guckian – 03/09/2012 I welcome the reply and request that this matter is followed up as soon as possible.