A LINK between Staplestown Road and Pollerton Road is almost complete, allowing greater access for pedestrians.

The permeability link involved the upgrading of footpaths, improved lighting and lowering the wall alongside Rath’s supermarket.

The project was one several plans for Carlow outlined by town engineer Barry Knowles at a recent meeting of the local municipal district.

Footpath improvement schemes are due to begin at Centaur Street, Larkfield, Pinewood, Blackbog Road and New Oak Estate.

Mr Knowles confirmed that greening enhancements would continue around the town, as seen by the recent biodiversity planters on Tullow Street, work done on Barrack Street, on Kennedy Avenue and work alongside Carlow Shopping Centre on Barrack Street.

Bollards and signage at Potato Market have also been refreshed, with works including planting and uplighting installed at the plaza outside the town hall. The Liberty Tree fountain has also enjoyed a significant clean-up, while a rainwater garden will be installed at the bottom of Pollerton Road.

Mr Knowles also outlined plans for Oak Park Forest Park, including a new bridge at the lake, a viewing platform and fencing.

In relation to the enhancement of the playground at Carlow Town Park, Mr Knowles said there has been a delay in the delivery of new play equipment and it is now expected in late October/early November.

Cllr Fergal Browne raised concerns about stagnant water at the lake in Oak Park Forest Park and the problem it causes in terms of insect bites. “At certain times of the year, you can’t use that area,” he said.

Cllr John Cassin asked about the prospect of refreshing bollards and signage in other areas of the town centre.

Mr Knowles confirmed that the council will be looking at refreshing bollards and signage. He also stated that drainage work has been carried out at Oak Park lake to improve the movement of water, which has greatly reduced the numbers of mosquitos