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A Newmarket-on-Fergus councillor has insisted it is “common sense” for a footpath to be put in place linking four estates within the one area of the village.

Residents of Cois Crann and Beechgrove in Newmarket-on-Fergus “find it quite dangerous to walk between each estate,” Cllr Pat McMahon (FF) stated as he requested that the Shannon Municipal District lay a footpath to connect both residential areas.

Existing paths found to be defective are currently being prioritised by Council officials, senior executive engineer Aidan O’Rourke outlined. He committed to examining the area as requested and said works would be considered if funding was found.

In total four estates, Avondale, Cluain Dara, Cois Crann and Beechgrove are located within close proximity. “A joining footpath would be common sense,” Cllr McMahon maintained as he highlighted that many of the residents are dependent on public transport for travel and that a footpath would make their life easier when leaving their home.

Built by Respond Housing Association and completed in 1996, Beechgrove contains ten family homes. McMahon’s motion was seconded by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).

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