Kenneth with local resident Mr Brady
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has slammed Louth County Council for removing parking spaces from the North Strand without prior notice or consultation.
Cllr Flood said “I have been pursuing the issue of parking for residents on the North Strand with Louth County Council. When I met with officials in the parking sub-committee in April I was given a figure of 32 parking spaces on the North Strand. At a subsequent meeting, that figure was reduced to 24 at the request of the Port Company.”
Cllr Flood said that “although we have had several parking specific meetings this year with the Chief Executive around all of the parking issues in Drogheda, the number of parking spaces, without consideration, consultation or notice, has now been reduced to just 9, with double yellow lines having been recently marked to remove parking.”
Cllr Flood has written to the Chief Executive expressing his dissatisfaction with this decision and has asked for alternative parking spaces to be provided for residents.
“I have also contacted the council’s Operations Department to see if anything can be done to alleviate parking problems for residents. When Mr Brady, ([pictured) contacted me regarding the removal of spaces on his street, he had already received several parking tickets because he now has nowhere to properly park his car near his
home. The residents of North Strand were not considered at all by Louth County Council and the fact that we the Councillors were not informed of this decision, throughout the lengthy consultation process on Drogheda’s Parking is another slap in the face that I do not intend to stand for.”
“I will be pursuing this matter until it is resolved to the resident’s satisfaction.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hailed last Friday’s Outdoor Movie Show a ‘great success’.
The Aston Village Residents Association put on an Outdoor Movie Show in the grounds of the Aston Village Educate Together National School, showing the Hugh Jackman and Zack Efron film, The Greatest Showman.
Cllr. Flood who was in attendance with his family and who helped organise the event said ” We wanted to do a free event, something that the kids would remember and enjoy, to mark the end of Summer and have a laugh before they headed back to school. It was great to have a night like this that the whole family can enjoy. There were between 250 to 300 people there and it was great to see people singing along and small children dancing away. It was evident from the smiles that a good time was had by all. Hopefully this is something that can be repeated.”
At a special meeting on the parking bye-laws this evening in Drogheda, Sinn Féin Councillors voted to end the parking pain that has plagued Drogheda since March this year.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Kenneth Flood said “To be absolutely 100% Crystal Clear , the Sinn Féin group are in favour of €1 parking rates in parts of Drogheda. However, if we had proposed that tonight the parking bye-laws would have had to go back out to public consultation and the current no fee parking debacle would continue for several more months.”
“Businesses have told us they will not survive much longer as their trade has dropped 40% – 50% since the pay parking regime in Drogheda fell. Residents around Windmill Road , Cord Road and elsewhere cannot park anywhere near their houses. That would continue for several more months if we had not passed the parking bye-laws tonight.”
“It was a hard call but we had to make it to end the current parking nightmare for residents and businesses alike. We spoke in favour of the €1 fee this evening. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”
“We have now finished 1 of 3 parking specific special meetings with the Chief Executive to resolve all of the parking issues that face Drogheda. The parking fee is firmly on the agenda among other just as important issues. We are not interested in a single issue to grab a headline, we are interested in a long-term solution to the parking fiasco. We want to and we’re going to sort out all of the parking issues that face Drogheda.”
“I must reiterate, we could not in good conscience prolong this disaster by months knowing that we had another option, through the special meetings, to address the parking fees.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the works done to repair a sewage leak on the Newfoundwell/Termonfeckin Road beside Newtown Meadows.
Councillor Flood has spent several months attempting to get the repairs done and was sent between Louth County Council and Irish Water as they pushed the responsibility to one another as raw sewage was coming up through the road at the junction where parents from Shrewsbury Manor and Newtown Meadows walked their children to the Educate Together school, where girls pass to attend Greenhills School and buses drop off boys attending St Joseph’s School.
Councillor Flood said “I was beyond frustration with this issue as Irish Water were refusing to deal with the issue saying it was a private matter and nothing to do with them, despite the fact that the leak was causing potholes big enough to blow a car’s tyres. I was directed back to various departments in Louth County Council and
Before leak was repaired – Raw Sewage on the main road
thankfully, after many months, the Council have repaired the sewage line and the road. This stinking saga is over.”
Councillor Flood concluded, “this should not set a precedent when it comes to dealing with sewage leaks in the future. This went on far too long. Hopefully now a protocol can be adopted to ensure that any problems like this will be dealt with in a more timely manner from this point forward. I will be raising this at our next full council meeting. In the meantime, residents, pedestrians and motorists can live or drive through the area free from stink and potholes.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has condemned those who left a suspect device in Drogheda yesterday.
Cllr Flood who is also Chairperson of Drogheda’s Joint Policing Committee said “The fact that the device turned out to be non-viable is immaterial. It was left in the open on Duke Street and caused alarm and disruption to those in the area. It diverted the Gardaí and Army EOD Team whose time and resources could have been better spent elsewhere.”
Cllr Flood commended “our thinly resourced Gardaí for their swift action. This selfish act caused traffic chaos, terrified afternoon shoppers and meant workers in the area were unable to leave their workplaces to go home. What did all this achieve for those who left the device? Let’s hope the culprits were captured on CCTV and that an arrest and prosecution is imminent.”