Cllr Flood: Council Have Dropped the Ball on Graffiti Removal

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at Louth County Council (LCC) for their failure to see through a plan to clean-up graffiti in Drogheda.

Following Cllr. Kenneth Flood’s motion at the July 2016 Municipal District of Drogheda meeting calling on LCC to tackle the graffiti problem in Drogheda, LCC embarked on a clean-up of council owned properties in the town. Cllr Flood said “we were given reports and updates on graffiti removal in Drogheda. We were informed of the number of notices sent to businesses including state and semi-state business, instructing them to clear graffiti from the areas they were responsible for.”

At the same time a comprehensive survey was carried out by Louth County Council’s Community Warden of all areas vandalised with graffiti.

Cllr Flood said “it was a positive step to getting Drogheda cleaned up and free from unsightly graffiti once and for all.”

However, Cllr Flood has noticed a sizable increase in graffiti throughout Drogheda over the past 6-8 months. Cllr Flood was approached by several Drogheda residents and visitors to the area over the St Patrick’s Festival asking what had happened to the initiative and what was being done to continue the work started in 2016.

Cllr Flood raised the issue at April’s Borough District of Drogheda Meeting and “I was frustrated and annoyed to find that Louth County Council not only has ceased to focus on graffiti removal but had also no intention on chasing up on their notices issued to businesses as they had previously committed to.”

Councillor Flood has called on LCC to ensure that the notices are followed up on and that an up to date report is prepared for councillors at May’s Borough District Meeting.

Finally Cllr. Flood said “Louth County Council have dropped the ball on this. They need to up their game to clear Drogheda of all graffiti before the start of the Fleadh and ensure that the town is presented in the best possible light so everyone can see how much Drogheda has to offer.

 

Cllr Flood Warns of Bogus Callers in Termon Abbey Area

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has issued a warning to residents about a bogus caller claiming to be contracted by Louth County Council.

Cllr Flood, who is also Chairperson of the Drogheda Joint Policing Committee, said “I was contacted by residents in Termon Abbey about a man dressed in black, in his thirties,  claiming to be from Louth County Council. He called to their doors after 8pm on Wednesday and again on Friday afternoon claiming he needed to access their house as Louth County Council were going to replace their boilers”

Cllr Flood explained “the residents who contacted me were wary of him as these were privately owned houses and not local authority homes. He was fairly insistent that he needed to see the heating clock by the boiler as that was what he was going to replace.”

“Thankfully the residents I spoke to sent the man away, but others may not have been so lucky.  I contacted the director of services for housing to confirm if there were any Louth County Council contractors in Termon Abbey looking to replace boilers in private houses. He confirmed there were not.”

Kenneth Flood is warning residents of Termon Abbey and all surrounding areas that “this guy knocking doors in Termon Abbey is a bogus caller. Both I and Louth County Council have informed the Gardaí and they are investigating.”

The Drogheda Councillor is urging all residents “to take extra care when opening your door and please keep a particular eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours who may be having work done. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, genuine tradesmen will be happy enough to answer any queries and identify themselves. If you have any doubts then please contact the organisation they say they are representing and they should be able to confirm if they have tradesmen working in the area.”

Cllr Kenneth Flood: Irish Water Just a Cash Cow

Several months ago, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood raised the issue of sewage leaking on the Termonfeckin Road at the Drogheda Borough District Monthly Meeting.

The response was ‘go contact Irish Water’.

Councillor Flood managed to contact Irish Water but “I was completely confused by the responses I was getting. Irish Water kept insisting that this was a private matter and nothing to do with them. I thought there must be a mix up and they weren’t looking at the correct area I reported the leak in.”

Raw Sewage on the main road

The leak has caused pot-holes deep enough to blow a car’s tyres. The leak is at a junction where school buses drop off boys going to St Joseph’s School, at the junction where girls pass walking to Greenhills School, at the junction where people walk to The Boyne Business Park, the junction where parents from Shrewsbury Manor and Newtown Meadows walk their children to the Educate Together School.

The map of red lines sent by Irish Water

Cllr Flood persisted with Irish Water because as he put it “when the sewage leaks, it stinks! It’s very hard to confuse this area with another. But again and again Irish Water said that this was a private matter and nothing to do with them. Eventually, they sent me a map with red lines on it, stating they only look after the red lines. So anything outside of that, such as a sewage leak on a public road, a main road, is not their problem.”

Councillor Flood had to return to Louth County Council to try and get the matter resolved.”I have been assured that the site will be visited by the Environmental Department this week. The cause is known and action will be taken to ensure the leak is fixed and the road is repaired.”

Main Road with sewage

“I look forward to Louth County Council sorting out this stinking mess but the whole episode has again confirmed, if further confirmation was needed, that Irish Water are just a cash cow for government cronies and not fit for purpose for delivering water services and that they should be dissolved.”

Cllr Kenneth Flood Urges Residents to ‘Shout’ To Get Streets Swept

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood is urging Drogheda resident’s to contact the Council if they think their road or street needs to be swept because it’s the “only way to get it done”.

Councillor Flood said “I have been contacted by a number of residents lately from various estates querying why they hadn’t seen a council road sweeper in more than a year and in some cases, several years. I contacted Louth County Council to ask for the street sweeping schedule so I could inform residents exactly when they could expect to see the elusive road sweeper in their area.”

Although main roads are swept on a weekly basis Louth County Council confirmed to Cllr Flood that “there is no daily or weekly rota for road sweeping.” Cllr Flood explained that “all other streets or roads are dealt with following visual inspections and/or complaints so basically if residents want to see their surroundings swept, they need to contact the Council and complain. Yet again, it is those who shout the loudest that will be heard.”

“It saddens me that I even have to raise this issue with council staff and inform the public that there is no actual schedule.  This issue has again highlighted the lack of funding for services and the lack of proper management of Drogheda, this state’s largest town. However, I and the Drogheda Sinn Féin Team will continue to fight for Drogheda until we have the status and services this town deserves.”

Cllr Kenneth Flood: In the Dark on Street Lighting

At this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood raised the issue of the number of street lights that were out of order.

Cllr. Flood said “As I go about my business in Drogheda, be it on the school run or just going to the shops I always note out of order street lights and report them to Airtricity to repair. They have an online street map facility where you can see the exact streetlight that you are reporting and you just click on it. Airtricity are contractually obliged to repair the streetlight within 10 working days and up to now, I had always found them to be quick and efficient in their repairs.

But the reason Cllr Flood was raising the issue at the Council meeting was that he “noticed that street lights I reported as out in January had not been repaired within the usual ten day time frame. I contacted Airtricity directly to query this and was told that there was a nationwide shortage of a particular type of bulb and that they had made Louth County Council aware of this late last year.”

Councillor Flood asked for clarification on this matter at the Council meeting and the Council confirmed to him that they had indeed been briefed along these lines and informed Cllr Flood that Airtricity are actually phasing out this particular type of bulb over the next two years.

Cllr Flood said “This means that Louth County Council will have to go to the expense of replacing certain lamps with newer, more efficient LED Lamps.  Both Louth County Council and Airtricity officials have assured me that no light will be left unrepaired and that it should happen in the usual ten day time frame.  However, this is a transitional period and unfortunately I have already seen lights being left unrepaired for much longer than the usual time frame. I have followed up on any I have noticed, to have them repaired.”

The Sinn Féin Councillor urged any member of the public who notices a streetlight out and feels it needs attention, “please contact us so we can chase it up with the relevant authorities”.

The website for reporting out of order street lights is: www.airtricitysolutions.com

In conclusion Cllr. Flood said “Public representatives should have been briefed on this when Airtricity contacted the council last year.  I don’t know whose bright idea it was to leave us in the dark about this transition but it shouldn’t happen again.”