CALLS have been made to carry out “much-needed” works on footpaths in Cratloe village.
According to Meelick-based councillor, Cathal Crowe (FF), the stretch of footpath has become overgrown in recent years and is “inaccessible to wheelchair users and people pushing buggies”.
“In 1996 Clare County Council constructed a public footpath in the townland of Ballymorris, Cratloe linking Cratloe Cross (location of the present day Woodcross Bar) with the GAA pitch and Setright’s Bar,” he explained.
“Over the years sections of this footpath have been renovated and improved but a section measuring approximately 100 metres in length between Cratloe Cross and the railway bridge (underpass) is in very poor condition,” added Cllr Crowe.
The issue has been raised by homeowners in the southeast Clare village, many who live directly across the road from the “overgrown” footpath.
“The residents and I used shovels and spades to remove grass scraw to reveal that the kerb borders for this footpath are set 100cm apart,” said Mr Crowe.
“We then used a measuring tape to ascertain the usable width of this footpath.
“This turned out to be 30cm which is grossly inadequate and unsafe for pedestrians.
“Whilst driving through Cratloe I have regularly seen people having to push buggies and prams out onto the main road.
“This is extremely dangerous to say the least,” said the concerned Fianna Fáil general election candidate.
“Sections of the footpath have a tarmacadam surface and other sections have just a compacted hard-core gravel fill.
“The kerbs appear to be in a good condition.
“I have asked council engineers to scrape back the grass scraw so that a new layer of tarmacadam can be applied to the footpath surface.
“With plans afoot to construct a new pedestrian crossing in Cratloe – something I’ve long campaigned for – the time is also right to allocate resources, on the basis of public safety, to improve this footpath”.