Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has reacted angrily to Louth County Council’s rejection of his motion to treat and spray to remove foliage on Drogheda’s historic Town Walls, the Old Abbey, St Laurence Gate, the Buttergate and the Magdalene Tower.
Cllr Flood said “I first contacted the Council about this in April last year and included the town’s bridges in my request. The Bridges were treated satisfactorily. “However, it wasn’t until August that I received a response informing me that LCC sprays at the base of these other historic towers but the actual towers themselves are ‘National Monuments’ and are the property of the Office of Public Works who maintain same. The Heritage Department subsequently told me that the council could indeed carry out the work, but only with Ministerial Consent.”
With that in mind, Cllr Flood submitted a motion asking the Council to treat and spray the historical towers.
Cllr Flood said “The council’s response was that there was no funding in the budget to carry out this work but were unable or unwilling to answer my question of how much it would actually cost.”
“The real cost here is to our heritage. These towers are Drogheda’s jewels and the removal of foliage which is damaging them is the bare minimum amount of work needed to preserve them. This short-sighted rejection, along with the council’s unsuccessful application for funding to the Historic Towns Initiative, means there will be no proper investment in our historic buildings this year yet again.”
“Our medieval town centre has not received the attention that similarly sized urban centres like Waterford or Kilkenny have received. The Drogheda Sinn Féin Team has made a submission to ‘The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy’ and we hope that proper consideration is given to address the investment deficit in our Historic Jewels.”