Safety works to be undertaken on Main Street gullies
Works will be undertaken on the gullies on the Main Street which get very slippy during rainfall leading people to slip and fall.
Cllr George Lawlor who first raised the matter a number of months ago following a series of complaints from people who had fallen on the gullies wondered if any solution had been found. He said there 'are people slipping down there every wet day and some people are taking a bad fall. We need to treat this as an urgent issue'.
Engineer Lar Lett said that tests had been carried out to investigate the possibility of roughening up the surface of the gullies. He said that while it was still early days it did appear that the gullies were suitable for stippling or a type of studs.
Director of Services Tony Larkin said that the gullies in their present form complied with all safety regulations. However he said the council is currently dealing with a number of claims as a result of falls. He stressed that the gullies met all technical building standards but added 'having said that there is a concern' and said the council is checking to see if it can improve slip resistance of the gullies through various methods.