Thurles area councillors have called for the removal of ESB poles right the edge of the footpath on Parnell Street, which are causing problems for traffic.
The call was led by Councillor Seamus Hanafin at a meeting of the Thurles area councillors this week, when he stated that the poles should be removed so as to allow for trucks to pass on the street with greater efficiency.
The area has been a bottleneck for some time and with the poles so close to the edge of the road, trucks and vans are having to journey out form the path in order not to clip wing mirrors. Were the poles to be removed it would give greater clearance and allow the vehicle to pass right along by the kerb.
Councillor Jim Ryan suggested that removing parking off Parnell Street altogether would be a solution and added that the ESB poles actually prevent the vans and trucks from coming too close to pedestrians on the footpath.
Cllr Hanafin’s call came as he welcomed news of a 150,000 Euro allocation of funding for resurfacing with overlay of Parnell Street, Cuchulainn and Rossa Streets in the pipeline. Cllr John Kennedy said that maintenance works would need to be carried out on pot holes in the meantime and he called for this work to be done.
Area Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland informed members that were the poles to be removed, it would be necessary to install bollards for the protection of pedestrians.