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Tuesday, 29th September 2020

Byrne calls for footpath extension at Mell

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Joanna Byrne at the side of the road at upper Mell where she wants a footpath.

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has asked Louth County Council to extend the footpath from the recycling centre at upper Mell up to the M1 Retail Park. 

She says that “if somebody coming from the Cement Road heading towards the Retail Park perhaps with a buggy or in a wheelchair, they have to cross a very busy road three times to be able to continue using the footpaths currently provided.  

"This is a very busy road in and out of the north side of town” she said. ” At present footpaths from the Aldi junction up to the Retail Park are staggered on both sides of the Road.

“Anybody looking to make use of the footpaths have to cross this road a number of times over and back and this poses major difficulties to all pedestrians never mind anybody with a buggy or in a wheelchair.” 

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As it stands there are no traffic lights or pedestrian crossing on this road to facilitate those needing to cross.  

"I'm asking the Council to extend the current footpath on up by the recycling centre by whatever means necessary, even if that means acquiring lands to do so. This area is also earmarked for a new driving test centre which will only bring additional cars onto this road. This footpath needs to happen before a serious accident occurs.” 

Senior Engineer Mark Johnson told Cllr Byrne this could potentially be facilitated under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and he would assess and explore avenues for funding. 

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