Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed the establishment of a Cross Directive Group to deal with the ongoing issues in Rathmullan Park. The announcement was made at Monday’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting by Louth County Council.
Councillor David Saurin said “this group will encompass various departments of Louth County Council working in a coordinated manner to address all the ongoing anti-social behaviour which is causing misery and distress for the residents of Rathmullan.”
Cllr Saurin outlined some of the actions that were being considered in addressing the problems in the area. “There are a number of things that can be done: estate management, housing infill (which will see replacement homes built replacing those demolished in the past), potential new road safety measures to help combat so called ‘joyriding’ and speeding in the area and also a litter management plan to combat the increasing practice of illegal dumping and the burning of domestic waste.”
Councillor Saurin has asked the Council to ensure “this new Cross Directive Group consult the residents of the estate throughout the implementation of any new initiatives produced as a result of the process. The residents are the ones best placed to identify the issues and problems they would like addressed. I have also asked that this new initiative to alleviate the problem of anti-social behaviour in the estate proceeds without delay so residents can see action and results as sooner rather than later.”
While Cllr Saurin welcomed this new group he explained how “residents of Rathmullen have long felt abandoned by Louth County Council and are at the end of their tether with the ongoing situation. Action and not words is what the people of Rathmullen need and this group is a step in the right direction.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed Louth County Council’s securing of funding for Anti-Dumping Initiatives in the county and in particular the Rathmullen Estate in Drogheda.
Cllr Saurin said “I am pleased that this funding has been secured and that the Rathmullen area is one of the locations in the county that has been chosen for this Initiative. This Anti-Dumping Initiative will take the form of a clean up of the area and will also include the launching of an Awareness Initiative in relation to littering and illegal dumping and the impact these illegal acts have on the community.”
Cllr Saurin explained that the residents in Rathmullen have suffered “an upsurge in illegal dumping in the estate and surrounding areas in recent years. I am regularly contacted by concerned residents in relation to the ongoing problem of illegal dumping in the area and I have raised this issue with the Council on numerous occasions. I have also expressed my frustration at the lack of prosecutions in regard to this issue.”
“Another area” continued Cllr Saurin, “is Waterunder which is also being included in this initiative for the same reasons; continuous dumping at the side of the road. You can imagine the negative impression that gives to visitors and tourists who come to this part of the county.”
David Saurin called on the community to “be vigilant and report those engaged in this activity to the Council. These people have no regard for their community and it is you and I who are paying to have their filth and dirt cleaned up.”
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.”