Council set to take charge of Ennis laneway

Ashline Laneway, which was blocked for a period of time last May, is set to be 'taken in charge' by Clare County Council Pic: Natasha Barton

A LANEWAY which is regularly used by children to walk to and from Ennis National School has been ‘taken in charge’ by Clare County Council in a bid to prevent further antisocial behaviour.

The decision was made following incidents of ‘obstruction’, ‘intimidation’ and ‘verbal abuse’, which forced up to 100 young students to avoid Ashline Lane on the Kilrush Road.

Major concerns were raised by several parents of children who had to walk along the busy N85 outer ring road, as one local resident said that the blocking of the laneway was “putting children’s lives at risk”.

At the time, An Garda Siochana were contacted after a barrier was erected at the Kilrush entrance to Ashline, following the removal of a large boulder by caravan owners in order to gain access to the walkway.

According to local councillor, Johnny Flynn (FG), he brought the situation to the attention of Clare County Council in the hope that the local authority would legally ‘take in charge’ of Ashline Laneway “in order to have legal powers to prevent any future antisocial illegal parking”.

At a recent meeting of Ennis Municipal District, it was revealed that the local authority had ‘no objection’ to the laneway being taken in charge and declared a public road, as local councillors unanimously backed the decision.

In response to Cllr Flynn’s request, Clare County Council acknowledged that Ashline Lane is used primarily as a walking route for children attending Ennis National School who operate a “park and stride” arrangement from Curleys Furniture car park on the Kilrush Road.

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