Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has reacted angrily to Louth County Council’s rejection of his motion to treat and spray to remove foliage on Drogheda’s historic Town Walls, the Old Abbey, St Laurence Gate, the Buttergate and the Magdalene Tower.
Cllr Flood said “I first contacted the Council about this in April last year and included the town’s bridges in my request. The Bridges were treated satisfactorily. “However, it wasn’t until August that I received a response informing me that LCC sprays at the base of these other historic towers but the actual towers themselves are ‘National Monuments’ and are the property of the Office of Public Works who maintain same. The Heritage Department subsequently told me that the council could indeed carry out the work, but only with Ministerial Consent.”
With that in mind, Cllr Flood submitted a motion asking the Council to treat and spray the historical towers.
Cllr Flood said “The council’s response was that there was no funding in the budget to carry out this work but were unable or unwilling to answer my question of how much it would actually cost.”
“The real cost here is to our heritage. These towers are Drogheda’s jewels and the removal of foliage which is damaging them is the bare minimum amount of work needed to preserve them. This short-sighted rejection, along with the council’s unsuccessful application for funding to the Historic Towns Initiative, means there will be no proper investment in our historic buildings this year yet again.”
“Our medieval town centre has not received the attention that similarly sized urban centres like Waterford or Kilkenny have received. The Drogheda Sinn Féin Team has made a submission to ‘The Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy’ and we hope that proper consideration is given to address the investment deficit in our Historic Jewels.”
Following a campaign of persistence, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has got Graffiti in Drogheda firmly back on the local Council’s Agenda.
Cllr Flood said “Since July 2016 I have been calling for a new protocol to deal with Graffiti in Drogheda. A survey of all of the graffiti in the area was subsequently compiled in September 2016 and a number of
A year later “in July 2017, we received our first report which detailed the removal of a large amount of the graffiti throughout Drogheda which was very welcome. This pro-active approach was a visible example of how we can improve our streetscape with the correct protocol and focus. But it was clear that we needed to remain focused.”
No further updates or reports were available despite numerous requests from Cllr Flood who noticed an increase in Graffiti once more. “For several months I requested that Graffiti Protocol be followed and that
we should receive a report.”
“Finally, I can report that the Graffiti Protocol is back on our agenda and Drogheda will be surveyed in throughout December and an updated database will be compiled. There will be a focus on tackling graffiti in Drogheda like never before and I look forward, with the public’s help, to getting this problem under control, once and for all. We must not allow this to fall by the wayside again. This is an on-going problem that we must keep on top of. The protocols in place do work as we have seen in the past but they will only work if they are followed and we do not lose focus. People in Drogheda deserve a cleaner town.”
Sitting councilor Kenneth Flood has been selected by Sinn Féin to run in the 2019 local elections for the Party.
Imelda Munster TD proposed Kenneth and said “Ken is always in touch with and communicating with people on the ground. He is diligent and hard working so I have no problem standing here to propose him. Kenneth is meticulous in his research of an issue, to the point of being a nerd, which is a good thing and stands to him. The Drogheda team have always
Kenneth with his proposer Imelda Munster TD
worked well together and Kenneth is not afraid to hold management of any organization to account and he’s not afraid to take on officials. He always represents the people and has never forgot that is what he is there for.”
Kenneth Flood then accepted the nomination and thanked “the Bobby Sands Cumann who have been a great support. We work hard in communities because that’s where we are from and we want to better them for everyone. The Cumann and I do the work where and when it needs done, that’s what we do and that’s what I hope to continue to do after next year.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at the Irish Water-Louth Council arrangement calling it a ‘Merry Go Round of Red Tape’.
Cllr Flood was speaking after the recent Louth County Council Budget meeting where he raised queries regarding the costs to the Council around water services.
Cllr. Flood said “I was contacted by a Marsh Road resident in October regarding the sight, taste and smell of their drinking water. The lady advised her drinking water had a chemical taste and smell, not a
bleach smell and there was black bits floating in it. Boiling the water didn’t help the quality of the water.
“I contacted Irish Water and requested a fix as soon as possible. After an investigation they resolved the issue by flushing out the main waterline for the Marsh Road and the problem was resolved in that location.
While I am glad that I was able to resolve the issue for Marsh Road residents, the fix took longer than it should have.”
Cllr Flood explained the roundabout process of making representations. “Firstly we contact Irish Water, who then contacts the Local Authority to investigate the issue. The Local Authority then report back to Irish Water, who then weighs up the costs of a fix, and then once again they contact the Local Authority who actually carries out the repair.”
Cllr Flood said he is frustrated at this process and it is delaying urgent repairs taking place. “ Not only is it frustrating but it also means there are two sets of assessors, one in the Local Authority and another in Irish Water. This arrangement is a waste of time and money and residents are the ones affected. The Fine Gael Government and their Fianna Fail partners are not moving to resolve this. The only way to ensure a speedy and more cost effective fix is to return Water Services to Local Authorities and to dissolve the quango that is Irish Water.”
“In the meantime, our heads are spinning as we have to ride this merry go round each time there is an issue.”
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.”
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