*Photograph: John Mangan
East Clare councillors have appealed to the local authority to install street lighting at two sections of road approaching Quin village.
Citing “the interests of safety,” Cllr Alan O’Callaghan (FF) put forward a motion to a recent meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District for street lighting to be erected on the R469 and L-3150 from the 50km/h speed limit in Quin village.
Upgraded line marking will be completed “as an interim measure,” senior executive engineer Tom Mellett stated. The speed limit extends “approximately 350m beyond the junction on the R469 and 350m on the L-3150 from the junction. These sections have become built up over the years and would benefit from a number of measures including public lighting, footpaths, enhanced road markings and signage,” he added.
He cautioned that the extent of the works requested by the Kilmurry representative required “resources beyond” the budget available to the Killaloe MD. Mellett suggested that it would be best incorporated into a town and village renewal scheme.
O’Callaghan highlighted that a number of houses in the vicinity of Malachy’s Bar have a lack of public lighting along the approach road to their homes. “The village is very dark, I don’t want to say neglected but from that side of the road the footpaths are poor and infrastructure isn’t the best,” he remarked.
Benefiting from a town and village renewal scheme would be a huge benefit to Quin, Cllr Pat Burke (FG) felt “because of the vibrancy of the village”. He continued, “Population wise it has exploded in the last couple of years. Major funding will hopefully be got for the village of Quin”.