Efforts to resolve issues in Ballisodare of parking and pedestrian safety

Efforts are underway to try to resolve a number of issues in the County Sligo village of Ballisodare in relation to parking and pedestrian safety.

Ballisodare is one of the fastest-growing villages in the county, mainly due to the number of people who are moving to live there and its convenient location close to Sligo, just off the N4.

It’s also at the start of the N59 to Ballina in County Mayo and not far from the R284 that goes from Sligo to counties Roscommon and Leitrim.

Two of the main problems in Ballisodare are the parking of cars on the main street of the village for extended periods and the difficulties for pedestrians wishing to cross the busy thoroughfare.

Efforts are underway to provide a pedestrian crossing in the village.

But parking continues to cause problems.

There are two motions about the issue on the agenda for the next meeting of Sligo County Council.

Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy is calling on the road department of the council to consider the introduction of parking bye-laws that would restrict parking on the main street to two hours.

He says difficulty for motorists in finding parking is hitting businesses.

Cllr Healy says there’s also a need for residents’ parking permits and the provision of a disabled vehicle parking space on the main street.

Independent Alliance Councillor Marie Casserly is a teacher in St Mary’s College in Ballisodare.

She says she has seen the problems firsthand.