Cllr Joanna Byrne calls for footpath extension in Upper Mell

At September’s sitting of the Municipal District of Drogheda Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne requested that Louth County Council extend the footpath from the recycling centre up to the M1 Retail Park.

Cllr Byrne stated 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. 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.”

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

“I’m asking to 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. 

Leanne Saurin: Safety Concerns on Slane Road

Drogheda rural election candidate Leanne Saurin has written to Louth County Council urging them to take action over concerns for pedestrians’ safety on the old Slane road in Mell.

Saurin, who is standing for Sinn Féin in the area said “following a number of representations from residents from the Tullybrook estate I have written to Louth County Council asking if there are any plans to extend the footpath from Boyne Meadows to the Tullybrook estate?”

M/s Saurin said “I’m reasonably confident no such plans exist. Therefore I am calling on the council to carry out a safety audit and implement something tangible as soon as possible. Presently, the footpath stops suddenly and pedestrians have to step out on to the road to walk 50 or 60 yards before re-joining a section of path leading into Tullybrook.”

M/s Saurin explained that the situation is further exacerbated by a lack of adequate street lighting and “this is putting people at unnecessary risk not to mention parents walking their children to school on dark winter mornings.”

M/s Saurin concluded by reminding the Council that this path should be in place before phase two of the Tullybrook is completed. People in the area deserve basic decent infrastructure.

Cunningham – Footpath For Clogherhead – Strand Hill – Pairc Dreadnot

Tom CunninghamSinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the passing of his motion on Thursday evening calling for a footpath to be constructed from the Village store in Clogherhead, down to Strand Hill housing estate and onto Pairc Dreadnot.

Cllr Cunningham said “Strand Hill housing estate is cut off from the village for pedestrians. It is a dark road with bends and with it being the main route into Clogherhead from Drogheda, it is an extremely busy road. We have young people walking from the estate into the village who at times are taking their lives in their hands, especially at this time of year.”

Cllr Cunningham also asked that the footpath be extended to Pairc Dreadnot. “Many of our young players and supporters would walk to the Pairc along this road and really, it’s just not safe.”

After the council meeting, Tom Cunningham said “like everything else, these projects are dependent on the availability of funding and I would hope this funding will be found sooner rather than later.”


Cllr Flood Get Motion Passed On Boyne Business Park

Kenneth FloodSinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the passing of his motion at last night’s Drogheda Municipal meeting on the provision of safe access to Boyne Business park.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Flood said “Currently there is no footpath or safe pedestrian route to the business park and there is a 45 degree blind bend to access it. Ironically, the Boyne Business Park houses the HSE Early Intervention Centre and this is where physical and sensory disability services are delivered. People without transport have to walk this road as it has no bus service and it just isn’t safe in its current form. Hopefully this motion will see that rectified.”

Copy of the motion reads –

This council will install a footpath to the Boyne Business Park, where the HSE Early Intervention Centre is, from The Newtown Link Road, or liaise with the HSE, Boyne Business Park Businesses and The Mill Enterprise Centre to provide funding for pedestrian access to the Boyne Business Park or contact the private land owners bordering the Boyne Business Park on the Termonfeckin Road or Newtown Link Road and seek agreement on a pedestrian route through to the Boyne Business Park

The Road in Question, no footpath

The Road in Question, no footpath