IT has been a bugbear of area councillors and deputies alike, but after years of lobbying for the cause, funding has finally been allocated for a footpath on the Golf Links Road.
Limerick TD Kieran O’Donnell has long campaigned for what he considers to be one of the main infrastructural issues in the Castletroy area, and says that work will begin on constructing the footpath before the end of this year.
“A footpath has long been overdue on the Golf Links Road connecting the existing footpath on the Dublin Road to just across from Castletroy Heights”, the deputy told the Limerick Post.
“Since 2004, one of my main priorities has been to get an agreement for a footpath as it is one of the elements that is greatly lacking in the area.
“This is a very busy road with a lot of traffic passing through. There are many elderly people living in the area and the road is the main link to UL and the Dublin Road so is very dangerous”.
Deputy O’Donnell said that a wall would be built alongside the footpath where a ditch currently lies, and that the project will be funded by development levies.
“The construction of the path went for tender in 2007 but didn’t go ahead, which was enormously disappointing. But now we’ve been given a clear indication that work will begin before the end of the year with a view to a completion towards the end of the year/ early 2011.
“The acquisition of the footpath and wall will be of benefit to all and it is vital that this takes place”.
Castletroy Cllrs Mary Jackman and Michael Sheahan have also been concerned about the danger for pedestrians on the road and had been hoping for a release of funding for a footpath from the development levies which were said to be “frozen”.
“Finally, we have got positive news for the Golf Links Road”, Cllr Jackman told the Limerick Post.
“This is the most dangerous section of road for pedestrians in the environs. Since I was elected I have been trying to get this done and the release of money is very welcome”.
Work on construction of the footpath is expected to begin this autumn.
Cllr. Michael Sheahan, Kieran O’Donnell, TD, Fine Gael, Deputy Spokesperson on Finance with Special Responsibility for FOI, Procurement Reform & OPW and Cllr. Mary Jackman are actively seeking the construction on this section of the Golf Links road.