— RSA said it has contacted council re the lack of footpath between its business park and town centre.
The Road Safety Authority said that it has raised the issues of the pedestrian gates leading to its HQ being locked and welded shut, and, separately, the lack of a continuous footpath to its HQ.
The RSA’s HQ is located at the Moy Valley Business Park just 5 minutes from Ballina train station and around a 10 minutes walk from the town centre in Ballina, Co Mayo.
One of the pedestrian gates into the business park is locked shut, while the other is welded shut. This forces people walking out onto the road to mix with cars, vans and trucks at the business park which also hosts a yard for HGV trucks.
Just outside the business park, on the public road between the business park and the town centre, there is a gap in the footpath where pedestrians are also forced out onto the road.
The business park is also home to a cafe, a Screwfix retail unit, a launderette, a number of other businesses, and the main pickup and drop-off point for people learning to drive with a number of driving instructor companies.
A spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority said: “The RSA has contacted a representative of the Moy Business Park in relation to the issue of the pedestrian gates and we are awaiting their response on this matter. I can confirm that this issue has not been raised previously by RSA staff.”
A spokesperson said: “The RSA has contacted Mayo County Council in relation to the issue of the public path access to the RSA HQ on Primrose Hill. The Council has advised that the RSA can make a submission on this issue to the Ballina Active Travel Plan and the RSA is currently drafting a submission as advised.”