Councillor demands Tralee Town Square surface changed to prevent slipping

A Kerry councillor is demanding the surface of Tralee Town Square be changed to prevent people slipping.

Cllr Norma Foley raised the issue at the Tralee Municipal District meeting.

She had raised a motion but was unhappy with the council’s response, saying it wasn’t good enough and she wants an alternative proposal put forward at the January meeting.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Norma Foley says the surface of Tralee Town Square should never have been put down.

She says other than looking well, it serves no purpose, and people regularly fall on it in the rain; she added she has fallen there herself.

Kerry County Council says an independent test was carried out on the slip resistance of the slab surfaces at Abbeycourt and The Square in February, and it found no areas of high slip potential.

Deep cleaning was also undertaken twice this year in order to improve the performance of the surface.

Tralee MD adds they’re actively looking at alternative ways of improving the surface.

Cllr Norma Foley completely disagrees with the independent testing, saying she can’t accept no slipping was found.

She’s asking the council to do something in the short term to alleviate the problem, suggesting a cut through walkway that’s made of ordinary pavement.

She wants the council to put forward a new proposal at the January meeting.