Concern over blocking of disabled areas in Ballymote

The chief executive of Sligo County Council says that when it comes to motorists not parking in disabled access areas and parking spaces, it’s all down to personal responsibility and driver behaviour.

Ciaran Hayes was speaking at a meeting of councillors from the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/Municipal District at which the issue of access in the town of Ballymote for disabled people and wheelchair users was discussed.

At the meeting, Fine Gael Councillor Dara Mulvey asked the council to examine issues arising from disabled areas, such dropped kerbs and yellow-boxed No Parking zones, being blocked or occupied.

Cllr Mulvey says sometimes in Ballymote, disabled people or those in wheelchairs have to come down off a footpath onto what are busy regional roads that go through the town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Keith Henry said there was a need in the town for parking spaces to be lined out.

His party colleague, Cllr Paul Taylor said people also parked in what are known as ‘tactile areas’ along footpaths, and this was a serious problem for people with impaired vision crossing the road.

Cllr Mulvey says that because of the busy roads that go through Ballymote, those with disabilities need to be helped.