Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has criticised Irish Water for its failure to notify people living in the Bay Estate area of impending road closures and works.
Cllr Ó Murchú said,
“I welcome the fact that Irish Water will be carrying out necessary upgrade works to the sewer network in Bay Estate, however, it is unacceptable that people living in the area were not properly informed of the necessary road closures to complete the works.
“This is a major scheme which will see the Hazelwood Avenue junction with the N52 closed for a ten week period, right up until Christmas. This is to happen during the 14 week period from Wednesday 19th September to 21st December.
“I raised the issue with officers of Louth County Council at Tuesday’s meeting of the Dundalk Municipal Council meeting, held in the Heritage Centre in Carlingford. Councillors were told that, while the Council is responsible for closing the road, it is the responsibility of Irish Water to provide the information to the public in a timely fashion. We were informed that the council would communicate this general dissatisfaction to Irish Water.
“There were also complaints about upgrade works that were carried out over the summer with little or no prior notice to elected reps or the public and other communication difficulties.
“Irish Water has failed in its duty and I have contacted the company today to raise these matters with them directly and to request prior notice for any major schemes across Louth in the future.
“I have also requested additional information in relation to the works and road closures planned for Bay Estate and will keep residents informed as I get it.”