Sinn Féin Drogheda Councillors, Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne and David Saurin have welcomed the completion of a comprehensive list of disability access improvements in Drogheda that they paid to be done through their discretionary fund allocation.
Cllr Kenneth Flood explained “We met with Louth County Council Officials to decide, in collaboration, where the funding would be best spent. It was decided to work through a list of needed disability access improvements provided to us and Louth County Council by The Irish Wheelchair Associations, Drogheda Branch, based in Mayorality Street.”
“In the past two years there have been disability improvement works completed at:
- Rathmullen Housing estate.
- The bus stop behind Abbey shopping centre.
- Mayoralty Street beside Wheel Chair Association
- Shop Street
- St. Peter’s cemetery.
- The Bull Ring at Ollie’s Pub
- Mayorality Street / Bachelor’s Lane junction
- Twenties Lane
- Bog Lane, Off Crosslane
- Midwifery Education Centre at Hardeman’s Gardens
Cllr David Saurin said “These infrastructure improvement works will enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities making access to footpaths and roads safer for wheelchair users, people on mobility scooters and parents with prams or trolleys. The best part about this list of works is that not one cent from the discretionary funds was spent on planners, reports or bonuses, every bit of it went into the works to benefit the people of the area.”
Cllr Joanna Byrne concluded “We did want the dipped footpaths in the town centre at Peter Street and Fair Street worked on to make them safer for electric wheel chairs users and we were disappointed when we were informed that the council would not be looking at that area. We are happy we could play a part in improving disability access in Drogheda and now we will be examining where next in Drogheda and South Louth we can use our discretionary funds.”
L-R Cllr Kenneth Flood, Geraldine Lennon from Irish wheelchair association, Nicola McDonnell & Cllr David Saurin at the disability access improvements done at St Peters Cemetery, Crosslanes Drogheda.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has welcomed the news that the contract has been signed to expand and upgrade the Staleen Water Plant in Drogheda.
Commenting Deputy Munster said “following on from the mayhem caused during July when 200,000 people were left without water for six days it is good news to hear that the water plant at Staleen is finally to be upgraded and modernised to make it fit for purpose.
“It should have been invested in and upgraded over the years instead of waiting for a crisis of this magnitude to happen. The contract will include the replacement of the rising main which contributed greatly to the cause of the water shortage crisis. With the contract signed for the expansion and upgrade of the plant work is expected to begin before the end of this year”.
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.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has said that Louth County Council planners must not be allowed to fail Drogheda again. Cllr Flood was speaking after this month’s Drogheda Borough District Council meeting.
Cllr Flood said “I had two motions before the Council this month highlighting the fact that Drogheda has been failed by planners in the past simply by their failure to follow through on plans.”
Kenneth Flood’s first motion requested a roundabout at the entrance to the Termon Abbey/Aston Village/Beaulieu Monor estates on the Termonfeckin Road. He said “The roundabout was contained in conditions of planning for Aston Village and approved in 2003. But although the need for the roundabout was recognised way back in 2003, fourteen years later and it still has not been delivered but yet the houses and the large school it was to serve have been built and even more are being built with the addition of Beaulieu Manor to the area.”
The second motion Cllr Flood had on the agenda requested a report on how Louth County Council expected to deliver the Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR). Cllr Flood said “every resident of Drogheda knows that the PANCR is a vital piece of infrastructure needed to take the heavy goods vehicles out of our town centre and to alleviate the traffic congestion”.
Cllr Flood went on to say he was “dissatisfied with the responses I received to both motions. The Council does not appear to have a clear plan for the delivery of the PANCR or the roundabout. These are both vital pieces of infrastructure and a failure to follow through on their own plans and conditions of planning. If planners continue to allow houses to be built in the future without the infrastructure to support them, they will be repeating the mistakes of the past and failing Drogheda, again.”
“I will continue to explore any and all possible funding options to deliver both of these projects and others that are needed in Drogheda. The planning lessons of the past must be learned and they will only be learned when we highlight these examples and be vigilant when it comes to future planning permissions.”