Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has encouraged local residents and groups to ‘have their say’ following confirmation from Louth County Council that public meetings will be held as part of the process of preparing for the Fleadh Cheoil 2018.
Cllr Saurin speaking after the County Council meeting said “I sought assurances that interested parties and groups would be able to participate in the planning of the Fleadh Cheoil and was informed that it is intended that public meetings will be part of a series of steps in preparing for this event.”
“I feel it is very important that the people of Drogheda and it’s hinterlands have an opportunity to bring suggestions and ideas to the organisers and also raise any concerns or questions they may have regarding what will be one of the most important events in the town’s recent history.”
Cllr David Saurin felt that these public meetings “will give local residents and groups a chance to have a say in the organising of the Fleadh and will also give people to feel a sense of ownership and allow the community to become stakeholders in an event which everyone hopes will bring great benefits to the town of Drogheda.
Cllr Saurin urged the Council to begin the process of holding these public meetings as soon as possible. “There is a growing sense in the community that there needs to be increased consultation with the public in relation to the Fleadh. The reality is many people and groups have positive contributions to make and are asking to be engaged with and given an opportunity to express their ideas.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has criticised Louth County Council for the delays in the processing of rent reviews and accused them of being responsible for putting some tenants into arrears.
Cllr Saurin said “I have been contacted by tenants of Louth County Council who through no fault of their own have been issued with large bills for rent arrears, in some cases running into thousands of euro. This is due to the fact that it can take up to twenty weeks from when a tenant submits a form for rent review to the case being processed. If that review then shows there should be an increase in their rent, it is being backdated 20 weeks and the tenant is handed a huge bill.”
“This delay means that Louth County Council is effectively responsible for putting their own tenants in arrears.”
Cllr David Saurin raised the issue at the last Drogheda Borough Council meeting and was reassured that this delay in processing submissions should be resolved in the first few months of the new year. However. “That is of little comfort to people who have received demands for rent arrears through the Council’s own system failure, these notices of arrears have caused distress and anxiety to people who have done nothing wrong, in fact who have tried to do the right thing.”
Cllr Saurin said “I asked at the Drogheda Borough meeting that the Council act to reassure those who they’ve caused to go into arrears that their cases will be dealt with favourably and with a large degree of understanding when it comes to resolving the issue of their arrears. Also to reassure people that it will not impact negatively on their rights or requirements as tenants.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has called on Louth County Council to commence work as promised on Congress Avenue.
Councillor Saurin said “I raised the issue of speed ramps for Congress Avenue at this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting and questioned why these much needed and promised safety measures had not yet been implemented.”
Residents from the area signed a petition demanding traffic calming measures and a Sinn Féin motion calling for speed ramps to be installed was passed at a Council meeting some months ago.
Councillor Saurin said “Traffic counters were placed and a study was carried out measuring the volume of traffic along the road. It was agreed by Council engineers that these measures would be included in the programme of works for 2017.”
Councillor Saurin pointed out that “We are now in October and no ramps have been installed, promises were made but have not been kept. This road continues to be used as a rat run by motorists avoiding the traffic lights on the Platin Road and people in the area are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of urgency from the Council in relation to this issue.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has condemned the recent criminal behaviour in Drogheda’s Tredagh View which culminated in a petrol bomb attack on a house in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Cllr Saurin said “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and those who carried it out have no regard for the damage or injury they could have caused. Thankfully on this occasion no-one was seriously hurt but we could have been waking up to a tragedy this morning. These actions have to stop. They are not wanted in the community.”
David Saurin urged anyone who had any information to contact the Gardaí.
He also urged residents of the area and indeed, other parts of Drogheda, to attend an upcoming public meeting being held by the Joint Policing Committee.
“The meeting will be held in the Westcourt Hotel on 9th October at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend. This anti-social behaviour is not what Drogheda is about and I would encourage everyone to attend and learn about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives that communities can take to help get on top of crime. Residents, Gardaí and local authorities must all work together to combat crime.”
Drogheda SF Cllrs Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne & David Saurin
The 2017 Joint Policing Committee (JPC) Public Meeting date has been confirmed for 7.30pm on the 9th of October in The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda.
Chairperson of the South Louth Joint Policing Committee Kenneth Flood said “I would encourage every Drogheda and South Louth resident to come along to the public JPC meeting. It is a vitally important meeting as it gives the people of Drogheda and South Louth the opportunity to put their questions, queries and worries regarding crime and policing to their elected representatives, the local authorities and the Gardaí. There will be informative presentations on the night, including one on crime prevention that would be very helpful to all residents.”
Cllr. David Saurin said “There have been well documented and highlighted cases of ongoing anti-social behaviour in several areas of Drogheda this year. Not least among them is in the Rathmullen Park area where new bollards have been erected to counteract the joy riding that was happening there. I want to welcome the new bollards but I would also like anyone affected by anti-social behavior to come to this meeting to hear about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives. We will only get on top of crime when the residents, local authorities and Garda all work together to combat it.”
Cllr. Joanna Byrne said “The JPC deals with all crime including headline crime cases like burglary and drug offences but it also deals with the crimes that affect all of us like illegal dumping. We have done a huge amount of work to combat dumping that is plaguing certain areas of our town and countryside but more is needed. If you feel like this issue, or any other has affected you, please come along on the night.”
Finally, Cllr. Flood said “If you wish to have a question answered on the night, please forward it to me in advance so we can assure that the answers are prepared and available.”