Laois Nationalist – Nearly 300 people sign petition for Laois School Trail

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Killenard NS

By Ryan Dunne

A new footpath and bike path from Killenard NS “will cost a few bucks to put in place”, but it is badly needed infrastructure as the community continues to expand.

At the last Municipal District of Graiguecullen-Portarlington meeting, Councilor PJ Kelly moved a motion asking Laois County Council to consider the possibility of establishing a walking/biking path from Killenard Primary School to the O’Dempsey’s GAA ground.

He received a response stating that all work will involve consideration of factors such as speed limits, road drainage and environmental issues. The engineer will arrange a site meeting with Cllr Kelly.

Cllr Kelly said there is an ongoing petition signed by nearly 300 people seeking this facility.

“The school is limited in the land it has. It’s about 1.4 km of a stretch. It will cost a few euros to set up, but it is a necessary convenience in the locality,” said Cllr Kelly.

Seconding the motion, Cllr Aidan Mullins said it was a worthwhile project.

“It would be a major infrastructure project, but if we don’t put the plans under review, it will never happen. The community there is growing all the time, there is planning permission for 100 houses so it is really needed,” said Cllr Mullins.

Cllr Paschal McEvoy agreed it was absolutely necessary, and it makes perfect sense for the work to be done.

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