State of road to Aura Centre criticised

A Letterkenny Town Councillor has criticised the condition of the footpath on the road to the Aura leisure centre.

A Letterkenny Town Councillor has criticised the condition of the footpath on the road to the Aura leisure centre.

Cllr. Tom Crossan is calling for the footpath at Ballymacool Terrace to be repaired. The road is one of the busiest in the town. As well as the Aura leisure centre the road also links the town centre with Ballymacool Park, O’Donnell Park and a housing development at Ballymacool Woods.

Cllr. Crossan is bringing a motion before the April meeting of Letterkenny Town Council tonight calling for repair work to be carried out.

The independent councillor said he called for measures to be taken to improve the footpath along the road two years ago and people who use the road have been complaining the condition of the footpath recently. He said at one stage there had been plans for a new bridge across the Swilly in the area, but while that has not materialised, improvements need to be made. “I have had a lot of different people coming to me about that stretch of road,” he said.

“There is a huge volume of people coming to and from the leisure centre, O’Donnell Park the town park and the housing development. So we have four places there that are attracting a lot of footfall and the footpath is in a very bad state of repair. You are not even able to walk two a breast there.”

The leisure centre is used by Letterkenny Athletics Club and Cllr. Crossan said he would be concerned that an athlete could be injured by the condition of the footpath.

The road falls outside the remit of Letterkenny Town Council and is the responsibility of Donegal County Council. Cllr. Crossan said he is calling on the county council to improve the surface and improve lighting in the area. “I will be looking for support from members of the town council who are on the county council to get some funding to get it upgraded because is dangerous and the lighting is very bad. The leisure centre is such an important and popular amenity and we don’t have a proper road to facilitate it.”