THE footpaths in the centre of Nenagh were “not becoming of what we have in the town”, Cllr Seamus Morris told the March meeting of Nenagh Town Council. He said the black material laid at the Market Cross was “rough looking. It looks like a plaster has been put over the footpath. It doesn’t look right and is not the type of image we want for the town.”
He was supported by Cllr Tom Moylan, who said he appreciated that it had been pointed out that work would need to be done when the town’s water system was being upgraded, along with the laying of pipes for the new gas connection. He said he had received a number of complaints about the material.
However, town manager Marcus O’Connor replied that similar material was in use “all over the country”. He maintained it was “economical, and I think it looks well”.
The town manager pointed out that the work was done for a “definite reason because we know work has to be done. I know people who would complain about the waste of money if we dug it up and dug it up again.”
Meanwhile, Mr O’Connor told Cllr Conor Delaney that the council can’t extend the town’s sewerage scheme indefinitely. The FG councillor had asked that a feasibility study be carried out to see how much an extension would cost.
Mr O’Connor said that in light of the call, he had requested a report into the matter, but he “wasn’t optimistic” about the outcome.
Labour’s Cllr Virginia O’Dowd was told by town engineer Peter Fee that the council planned to do some work on the sightlines at Gortlandroe, but there were no plans at present to install any extra lighting on the new footpath from Stoneyheights to Belleen roundabout. However, Mr Fee said provision was being made for lighting in the area “down the road”.