Letterkenny Town Council briefs

Safety fence at Ballymacool Town Park

Safety fence at Ballymacool Town Park

Work was due to commence this week on the erection of a fence at Ballymacool Town Park to prevent children running out onto the main road, Town Clerk Paddy Doherty told Monday night’s meeting of Letterkenny Town Council.

Responding to a query from councillor Dessie Larkin who sought information on a previous motion he had put before the Authority calling for safety measures to be introduced at the park, the Council official said details for the erection of a ‘ball stop fence’ along the bottom of the grass embankments to the lower side of the ‘MUGA’ had been agreed with the Town Gardener.

The work was due to start this week with a completion time frame of between two to three weeks.

Double yellow lines

Residents in the immediate vicinity of the junction at Lower Ard O’Donnell and Speer’s Lane will be informed in writing within the next week or so of the revised proposal for the provision of double yellow lines on the roadway there.

“Subject to a satisfactory outcome as well as consultation with the Gardai, the lines will be put down as soon as possible thereafter,” Town Clerk, Paddy Doherty informed cllr. Pascal Blake who raised the issue.

Referring to a visit by the Town Engineer to residents at Lower Ard O’Donnell, cllr. Blake had asked when the double yellow lines would be drawn and when a ramp would be provided to slow down traffic at the top of Speer’s Lane.

Walking tours

Development Officer with Letterkenny Town Council, Ciaran Martin, is currently in communication with the Donegal County Museum with a view to seeking funding for walking tours similar to those undertaken last year, cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh learned at Monday night’s meeting.

Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns committee will be meeting with the Town Council in the next week to discuss progress and time lines for various tasks to be undertaken in the town, cllr. Ciaran Brogan was informed at Monday’s meeting.

The main town centre has been power washed with general cleaning, letter control, planting and grass cutting being carried out on a daily basis. The Council has also commenced removing unauthorised signage in public areas.

Pedestrian signage

It is proposed to erect upgraded pedestrian signage at the bottom of Church Lane and the Courthouse to direct people to the main public amenities in the town this summer, cllr. Jim Lynch was told at this week’s Council meeting.

The work had been tendered out and it was also hoped to erect further complementary heritage signs in certain areas, Paddy Doherty, Town Clerk, informed him.

New Line Road lighting

A budget of 7,000 euro has been allocated this year for the upgrading of public lighting along the New Line Road.

Town Clerk, Paddy Doherty said discussions with Airtricity Networks on the optimum arrangement would take place shortly and a timeframe for completion of the work could then be confirmed.

He was responding to a question from cllr. Pascal Blake who asked if it was possible if residents could be informed where precisely the lights would be provided as it was a “very dangerous road.”

Carnamuggagh Close gullies

Gullies and storm drains have recently been cleared by the Town Council in Carnamuggagh Close, Town Clerk Paddy Doherty told cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh who had asked for a progress report on the problem of matter overflowing from an Eircom manhole in the estate.

There was evidence of water getting into an Eircom chamber which also needed to be addressed. The Town Engineer will discuss the matter with Eircom with a view to resolving the matter.

Glencar Road works

Works have been completed on Blacks Bridge and the junction at College Farm Road, cllr. Ciaran Brogan was informed.

Remaining funds in this year’s budget are to be used for general repair work where required along the full extent of the Glencar Road.

Meanwhile, cllr. Brogan also learned that works at Ard O’Donnell, involving a continuation of the repair and reconstruction of the footpath and carriageway which commenced last year, will be carred out during the school summer holidays