Cllr Kenneth Flood: Planners must not fail Drogheda again

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.”