Newport’s Cllr McGrath highlights concerns over town

FIRST TIMERS - John 'Rocky' McGrath (Independent - Lowry's Team) and Jonathan Meaney (Labour Party) were successful in their first attempt to gain seats in the Newport Electoral Area.  Picture:  Bridget Delaney
Newport-based county councillor John ‘Rocky’ McGrath has flagged a number of serious road concerns he has in the Newport area. The Lowry team member highlighted a number of issues that require immediate attention to assist in the smooth and safe flow of traffic in Newport and surrounds.

Newport-based county councillor John ‘Rocky’ McGrath has flagged a number of serious road concerns he has in the Newport area. The Lowry team member highlighted a number of issues that require immediate attention to assist in the smooth and safe flow of traffic in Newport and surrounds.

“I am gravely concerned that the proposed new traffic measures in Newport may cause a lot of hassle and difficulty for local businesses. Whilst I accept that something badly needs to be done I am concerned that the drastic measures the Council are seeking to introduce will ultimately have a negative effect. There are serious concerns that the proposals in question will adversely impact on businesses in the town,” he said.

“I have serious concerns with regards to a number of on-going, unresolved issues in Newport and its surrounds. Of particular concern is the Clonsingle Bridge on the Murroe road which has been the site of a large number of crashes over recent years. Residents report that those who are unfamiliar with the road often find themselves in difficulty when they come upon the bridge without due warning. I flagged this issue at our most recent area meeting and urged the council to put warning signs in place before some tragedy occurs.”

“Another issue that requires immediate attention is the shop entrance on the approach to Newport on the Limerick road. This is another location where we have seen a multitude of accidents. It is terribly dangerous and the council must take steps to alleviate this danger,” he stated.

Cllr McGrath also expressed concern over the delay in completing road improvement and drainage works in Rearcross.

“This issue was discussed at our meeting last July and unfortunately nothing done since and no progress has been made on this road. This is simply not good enough and this issue needs to be attended to in near future. Action also needs to be taken on the flooding on Ballinahinch Road at Coolruss. I have made it clear to the Council that this work must be done before the bad weather comes.

“On a positive note the council have agreed to consider the installation of lights for the school in Ballinahinch. This is a very busy road with over 100 students attending the school on a daily basis.”

Cllr McGrath also provided an update on the status of other projects in the Newport area.

“I have had a number of queries from the public regarding the progress being made in the Ball Alley in the town. This area is currently a no man’s land, is unsightly and has been a Mecca for anti-social behaviour in the town. At present we are in the process of creating the deed for this property. I am also pushing the County Manager to complete all proposed work on the Clare Glens,” he said.