Cllr Flood: Inoperable CCTV a major cause for concern

Speaking after the quarterly Local Policing Forum Meeting in Drogheda, Chairperson and Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood said that confirmation that the CCTV of the RAPID areas was ‘inoperable’ was a major cause for concern.

Cllr Flood said “The CCTV outside of the town centre is a vital tool in fighting anti-social behaviour, wider criminality and illegal dumping. In recent weeks I have been in touch with the council asking for them to review the CCTV to help fight dumping/fly-tipping. This evening, it was confirmed to me that it was in fact ‘inoperable'”.

“Although we were assured that the system was under review we have not been given a date for the conclusion of that review nor indeed when the CCTV will be operable again”.

“This is simply not acceptable and I will be pursuing the council to finish their review in a timely manner, repair and reactivate the CCTV in Drogheda.”

Cllr Cunningham Welcomes Road Markings on Dangerous Bend at Burley Bridge

Tom CunninghamSinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed new road markings on the approach to Burley Bridge, Kells Road, Ardee.

Cllr Cunningham said “I raised this issue as a matter of urgency following the twelfth vehicle accident at the bend in just over a year. It is a very unsafe part of the road with a bend in the road from both directions and also two dips in the road. It was obviously built long before we had a fraction of the amount of traffic on the road that we have today.”

Cllr Cunningham was contacted by a concerned resident whose property is along that part of the road. “This lady has had her property damaged on a regular basis by vehicles approaching the bridge either too fast or completely unaware of the bridge until it’s too late. The only protection she has is an old tree at her driveway which has

Latest car accident at the bridge

Latest car accident at the bridge

already been damaged by vehicles hitting it. As a result, she has moved her children to the back of the house so they will at least be safe if a car does plough into her house one night.”

Cllr Cunningham said “I welcome the new road markings that Louth County Council is going to install on the approach from the Ardee side which will warn motorists to slow down at this location.  The Council are also going to consult with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in relation to a crash barrier at this bend which should afford some protection for the residents.”

From the Meath side showing 100KM

From the Meath side showing 100KM signs

Cllr Cunningham has also asked the Council to write to Meath County Council to ask them to remove a 100KM road sign which is just before the bend on the Meath side which is lulling motorists into a false sense of security and replace it with a ‘Slow Down’ or a ‘Bad Bend Ahead’ sign.

Signs of previous accidents

Signs of previous accidents

Cllr Flood Seeks a Graffiti Free Drogheda for 2017

Kenneth Flood GrafittiSome call it art, others say it’s pure vandalism. Whatever your opinion, there’s an abundance of graffiti in Drogheda with almost every wall in the town “tagged” by someone or other and, judging by the quality, not many of them are artists.

Despite the occasional “something must be done” style utterances from councillors, some of these tags have been in place for many years and, nothing is ever done. Councillor Kenneth Flood though, is getting tough and is looking forward to the town being graffiti-free in 2017.

Following Flood’s motion at the July 2016 Municipal District of Drogheda Meeting calling on Louth County Council to tackle the Graffiti problem in Drogheda, the Council embarked on a clean-up of council owned properties in the town and a comprehensive survey was carried out by Louth County Council’s Community Warden of all areas vandalised with graffiti.

Throughout 2016 Cllr. Flood has been following up this initiative with Louth County Council and at December’s Municipal District meeting it was confirmed that notices had been sent out and Louth County Council would be following up to ensure that the graffiti throughout the town is finally cleared.

Cllr Flood said: “I am hopeful that the work done after my motion and with the news that LCC  have given the commitment to follow through on the survey, that we may finally see, Drogheda, graffiti free in 2017.”  (Taken from Drogheda Life)

Antóin Watters: Questions to be answered on Narrow Water Bridge

Antoin WattersSinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has called on the Chief Executive of Louth County Council to push ahead with the Narrow Water Bridge project given the amount of money that has been spent on consultants.

Reports are that €1.3 million was paid out to consultants before the project was shelved and the offer of EU funding was withdrawn due to it not being drawn down in time.

Antóin Watters, Councillor for the Dundalk-Carlingford/Omeath area said “There are questions that need to be addressed. Councillors were not fully informed as to the cost of consultants or money paid out. On top of the €1.3 million paid to consultants, there was a further €304,000 paid to ‘the other side’ when a dispute arose. What was the nature of this dispute and why did it cost so much?

Cllr Watters continued “we had hoped to see this bridge from Omeath to Warrenpoint completed in 2015 and it would have been a tremendous boost for tourism in the area, but here we are in 2017, the project has been shelved and we are nearly €2million in the red and a shovel hasn’t even turned the first sod.”

“Given that so much has already been spent on the project and given the importance of the bridge to the tourism of the Cooley peninsula, I, and my party are calling on Louth County Council to progress with it and not just write it off along with the €2million.”

Cllr Joanna Byrne – Homeless Figures in Louth Don’t Add Up

joanna-byrne-1Sinn Féin Cllr Joanna Byrne last week asked for clarification from the SEO for Housing at Drogheda’s Municipal District meeting as to why the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s November Homelessness report shows practically double the number of homeless adults than that released from Louth County Council for the same period.

Having not got any satisfactory explanations for said question the Sinn Féin team again raised the query yesterday at the full council monthly meeting, to which the Director of Services for housing had no answer.
The governments homeless report states for the November period there were 116 homeless adults in the North East, 112 of them in Louth. This is without factoring in the number of children homeless. Louth County Councils combined figure was 64. Even at that both reports do not factor in rough sleepers, or the hidden homeless: those people sleeping on sofas and floors of family and friends.

Cllr Byrne says: “There is a huge discrepancy between the information being provided to us by the governments housing department and Louth County Councils housing department. It is imperative we get the correct information relayed to us so we get a clear view of how the situation stands. We need a true reflection of the homeless situation in the county and I will be pursuing this with the council officials until we get clarity on it”.