Peter highlights need for repairs to level crossing

The need to carry out repairs to the level crossing at Main Street, Roscommon, was highlighted this week by Peter Naughton, who suffers from impaired sight.             Mr. Naughton told Roscommon People that a suggestion by Roscommon County Council personnel that it will take a year or a year and a half to repair is simply not good enough.             When the ‘green man’ light appears, pedestrians are allowed to cross the road, an alarm also sounds, which is used by blind and visually impaired people to let them know that it’s safe to cross the road. At Main Street, the alarm is working on the Morelli’s side of Main Street, but not at the other side, beside Magnum’s restaurant. Thus, on windy or wet days, people with impaired vision such as Peter, cannot cross because they cannot hear the alarm going off on the other side of the road.             Peter, from Culleen, Knockcroghery, explained, ‘The problem is that the pedestrian crossing at Main Street, Roscommon, is not working. When I’m in town on my own, I can’t hear the alarm going off at the other side of the road. The social worker for the blind went to the council and I went to them. They told me that it would be a year or a year and a half before that could be repaired.             ‘I want that repaired right now. It gets me down, I need it tomorrow morning. It broke down a month ago, it is not working on the Magnum’s side of the crossing. I suffer depression as well and it really gets me down that that’s not working.’