Warning over accident blackspot

Councillor Finian O’Neill called on Offaly County Council to address an accident blackspot at Toberleheen, Ballinagar before the winter weather sets in.

Councillor Finian O’Neill called on Offaly County Council to address an accident blackspot at Toberleheen, Ballinagar before the winter weather sets in.

During the cold snap last year, there were around 17 car crashes at the location, Cllr O’Neill explained. He called on the council tobring the issue to the attention of the area engineer.

Cllr Noel Cribbin said a colleague of his had a serious car crash at the location when he car skidded into a shed. Although he knew about the perilous spot, Cllr Cribbin said, “I very nearly hit it the following morning.”

Director of Services, Declan Conlon said the salting routes have already been brought before the council and agreed however he said he would certainly bring it to the area engineer’s attention.

Cllr Fergus McDonnell asked whether salt would be made available to the public in the event of a severe frost occurring again.

Mr Conlon informed him that there was ‘no change from last year countywide’. He said footpaths remain the responsibility of homeowners and if the council can spare salt they would be open to providing it to communities. He told the town council members that he would bring the issues to the attention of Offaly County Council.