At the February meeting of Offaly County Council, Independent councillor Dervill Dolan said there was a lot of concern in Clara arising from the on-going improvement works at The Square in the town.
Cllr Dolan said that while the €170,000 improvement works in The Square was welcome, he said the works were affecting local businesses in The Square and those close to The Square and traffic congestion and parking was a problem with the on-going works in the town.
Cllr Dolan said a number of issues of concern arose in relation to the works including concern regarding the loss of parking in front of the shops in The Square, the width of the road carriageway in front of the Church which appeared only wide enough to take one car and a concern regarding parking for a hearse in front of the church at funeral times.
Mr Tom Shanahan, Director of Services in Offaly County Council acknowledged that works were affecting local businesses and causing traffic delays and confirmed that parking spaces will be available in front of the shops in the Square when the works are completed and additional parking is also available in the church car park.
Mr Shanahan also confirmed that the area at the front of the church will accommodate a hearse at funeral times as the traffic bollards at that area are moveable and confirmed that the road width in front of the church will accommodate two-way traffic in front of the Church. It was intended to narrow the carriageway to slow traffic in the Square, he said.
Mr Shanahan also advised Cllr Dolan that he expects the majority of the works will be completed at the end of February or in early March.
Cllr Dolan also acknowledged the assistance of the contractor and his workers on the ground who he said were trying to accommodate the people in the town as best they could.
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