Cllr Liam Galvin proposed the motion
A COUNCILLOR has called for signage to be placed on every local, rural road across County Limerick.
Abbeyfeale-based Fine Gael member Liam Galvin put forward a notice of motion at this week’s transport and travel committee meeting.
He wants a programme put in place to properly signpost every local road in Limerick.
The vast majority of these smaller roads do have numbers, with the prefix L, but many of them are not signposted.
And Cllr Galvin wants this to change.
”I want all them to be marked at every junction, L, whether it’s 1001, 1002 or 1003 for different reasons. Say for example if you want to report a road in a bad condition, or a dangerous condition, or in need of repair, you can pick up the phone and report it to the local authority. If there is illegal dumping, you can pick up the phone and quote the exact road,” the former mayor said.
He said at the moment, with no signposting, it is impossible to explain to council staff, especially those based in the city on a rural road issue.
“Let’s be honest, a lot of them would get lost when they get to Adare,” he said.
He added that interactive services, like Satellite Navigation or Google Maps cannot be relied on, as these can only take people into approximate areas.
“If you want to report a pothole in Athea, you will get on Google Maps to Athea, but where would you find where the pothole is,” he asked, “The public want to be able to report roads in bad condition. Several people want to report illegal dumping. You try and explain where illegal dumping is, where the pothole is, and the council staff have not an idea where to go.”
Cllr Galvin says this is also important for the emergency services attending crime scenes.
“If you need the emergency services to come out to a person who is falling ill, or a car crash, or illegal activities, this signposting is the way to go,” he said.
He’s looking for a costing from the council.
The motion was deferred until the next council transport meeting, as Cllr Galvin was not in attendance at this Monday’s meeting.