‘Pub­lic light­ing is in­ad­e­quate’

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

The ar­rival of win­ter time has brought the is­sue of pub­lic light­ing to the fore­front in the ar­eas of Bal­liso­dare, Ballintogher and Col­looney, ac­cord­ing to Cllr Thomas Healy.

Cllr Healy de­scribed the pub­lic light­ing at var­i­ous places to be in­ad­e­quate, par­tic­u­larly now as shorter evenings have set in for the com­ing months.

“Res­i­dents have ap­proached me about their safety con­cerns in a num­ber of places,” Cllr Healy told the Novem­ber meet­ing of Sligo County Coun­cil.“The old style light­ing at the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Ballintogher needs to be up­graded to a LED type bulb whilst light­ing ur­gently needs to be pro­vided at the play­ground. Sim­i­larly the pedes­trian route to the rail­way sta­tion in Col­looney has very in­ter­mit­tent light­ing and needs to be up­graded as a pub­lic safety mea­sure.

“In Bal­liso­dare the lights are ob­scured by over­grown trees on the route to Corhow­nagh Church whilst the pedes­trian is­land cross­ing to Cloon­dara is com­pletely in­ad­e­quate also. Pub­lic light­ing is a ne­ces­sity for com­mu­ni­ties to en­hance safety but it also serves as a crime de­ter­rent and a re­as­sur­ance mea­sure.”

Di­rec­tor of In­fra­struc­ture, En­vi­ron­ment and Fire Ser­vices Tom Kil­feather said a re­view will be com­mis­sioned but said money is “very limited.”

Bal­liso­dare Main Street.

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