More JPC community members needed

More JPC community members needed

A major upgrade project to the Callan Road willmake the area much safer for motorists and pedestrians according to chairman of the JPC Patrick McKee.

The recent meeting of that committee heard that work on the Callan Road Re-alignment Scheme will begin later this year.

The section of road is roughly from the Callan Road roundabout out as far as the car boot sale. It will see the bad bends removed.

A tender will be announced next month and a contractor appointed by October. It's estimated it will take 18 months to complete.

Cllr McKee welcomed the news.

“It's badly needed, and I think it will have a huge impact on road safety in that area,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there have been tragedies there in the past.”

More community members will need to be added to Kilkenny's Joint Policing Committee in the coming weeks.

The number of people in attendance at the JPC's most recent meeting was not overwhelming, and senior executive officer Brian Tyrrell reminded those present that the full complement is 13 councillors, five Oireachtas members, Gardai and community representatives. However, just one community representative was in attendance, and there were no Oireachtas members.

Mr Tyrrell said a formal request would be made to the PPN to nominate six people from particualr community segments, such as the elderly, youth, or special interest groups. Two have already been nominated, John Burke and Mary Mescall.

Cllr Pat Dunphy said to be fair to the Oireachtas members, the Dail was currently sitting. He said Mondays and Fridays should be looked at to hold meetings instead.