Great news for Shillelagh as Wicklow County Council confirm funding to extend footpath and lighting to Shillelagh FC Ballard Park grounds.
Green Party TD Deputy Steven Matthews said earlier this this year he was contacted by Shillelagh Football Club who asked he could help to get a safe walking route to their grounds from the town centre.
He said: “I went to meet the club and walked the route from the town centre to the football ground. The last couple of 100 metres along the roadway was lethal. Cars and truck were speeding by and we had to jump into the roadside verge many times. There is no way I would be happy with anyone walking the short distance from the town to the grounds unless there was a footpath and adequate lighting. This is a growing club an di wanted the young players and their supporters to be able to get to training and matches safely
“Having walked the route and taken a rough measurement of the footpath (400m) and lighting requirement I contacted Wicklow County Council and the Department of Transport to seek funding to carry out this simple and small but very important piece of work.
“I am delighted to receive confirmation today that the funding has now been provided for this pedestrian safety improvement and I will continue to work closely with Wicklow County Council to ensure the work is caried out as soon as possible
“I have offered to meet again soon with Shillelagh FC to assist with a Sports Capital allocation grant to help this growing club and to assist with improving the access entrance gate to the club..
“This is another small but important piece of pedestrian safety improvements that I am working on across the county, so that residents can walk or cycle safely and to reduce car dependence and the pressure on parents to drive their children to sporting and recreational activities.”