Sinn Féin Cllr. Kenneth Flood has welcomed the taking in charge of Aston Village, Termon Abbey, Silk Park and Forest Park estates in Drogheda.
Cllr Flood said “As former Chairperson of the Aston Village Residents Association I can safely say that this was a long and complicated road to get Aston Village and Termon Abbey finally taken in charge. I want to commend the resident’s associations that gave their time and liaised for years with Louth County Council. Pursuing the taking in charge process so vigorously and sequestering the bond to pay for the works was the only way to resolve issues left behind when the developer went under during the crash. I am delighted that all of those issues are resolved and now we can concentrate on traffic calming and some parking issues on the spine road. We will also redouble our efforts to have the roundabout at the entrance to the estate that should have been in place under the conditions of planning for Aston Village so residents can enter and exit the estates safely and freely and look at the pedestrian throughway between Termon Abbey and Aston Village.
I would also like to welcome the taking in charge of Silk Park. Especially as it coincides with my motion to have a yellow box put on The Platin Road at the entrance of the estate to aid residents entering and exiting onto Platin Road. The application to take Silk Park in charge was made back in 2009. Residents have been frustrated by this long and drawn out process. There was a fund introduced last year by central government to aid in the taking in charge of estates but so far Louth County Council have not made an application for funding from it.
Aston Village, Termon Abbey, Silk Park and Forest Park are the first estates taken in charge by Louth County Council in Drogheda in this current council term. There are several more estates that are still in the taking in charge process and I will endeavor to do everything possible to ensure that they are taken in charge as soon as possible”.