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A “close call” involving a child has heightened the need for additional lighting at the Henry St pedestrian crossing, a Kilrush representative has outlined.

In a bid to “increase pedestrian safety”, Cllr Ian Lynch appealed to Clare County Council to install additional lighting at the pedestrian crossing on Henry St towards the Kilkee Rd roundabout.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, Cllr Lynch detailed, “there have been a number of incidents at the intersection, people that are waiting to cross the road can be overshadowed by the pelican” and this is affecting the visibility of drivers. “There was a close call with a child there recently,” he recalled.

Senior executive engineer of the West Clare Municipal District, Alan Kennelly in response to Cllr Lynch’s motion responded, “The pedestrian crossing in question is adjacent to public lighting standards on Henry Street. I have spoken with the engineer in charge of public lighting, and he informs me that these decorative standards are due for upgrade from sodium lamps to LED lamps in the near future.

“This should improve the overall standard of lighting in the area of the crossing and eliminate the deficiency in question. If the problem persists after the lighting upgrade, we can revisit the issue with a view to installing additional lighting,” he added.

 

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